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  • Nell Zink's comic 'Mislaid' is quick-paced, problematic

     Nell Zink's comic 'Mislaid' is quick-paced, problematic
    Mislaid, misnamed, misconstrued — all of these terms could describe Nell Zink's exuberant but problematic second novel, a comedy of manners and errors about sexuality, race and class in the American South.
  • Review: 'Orient' by Christopher Bollen

    Review: 'Orient' by Christopher Bollen
    The talent outruns the proficiency sometimes, in younger novelists. There are only three disciplines that produce prodigies — math, music and chess — and what they have in common is that none of them requires emotional intelligence. The...

    Review: 'Mislaid' by Nell Zink

    Review: 'Mislaid' by Nell Zink
    Profiles of Nell Zink, of which there are many, can be as dizzying to read as her books. The one-time author of an animal-themed, post-punk fanzine, she addressed all her fiction for decades solely to one man, Israeli writer Avner Shats. While living in...

    Best teachers can't get hired by public schools

    To understand why the U.S. education system is mired in mediocrity, start by listening to Scott McKim's story. McKim can claim a master's degree in watershed science, an undergraduate degree in meteorology, with minors in math and physics, and...

    The Biblioracle: The bottom line of the writing life

    The Biblioracle: The bottom line of the writing life
    According to a study commissioned by the British Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, only one of every 10 authors can earn a "full-time" living from their writing. It's a study confined to British authors, but we shouldn't expect to see...