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  • Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro
    If I had to nominate one novel from the last 50 years for preservation, it would be “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro.  It’s probably the wrong choice — a book without the vast synoptic intelligence of “Infinite Jest” or the irritated multi-generational empathy of “The Corrections,” a book, in fact, with none of the expansiveness of novels that set out specifically to sum us up.
  • 10 emerging writers each receive $50,000 prize

    Four poets and three fiction writers are among the winners of a $50,000 prize given to emerging artists of exceptional promise. On Friday, the Whiting Foundation announced 10 recipients of the Whiting Award. The award was founded 30 years ago and...

    The Biblioracle: Who is the Great American Novelist?

    The Biblioracle: Who is the Great American Novelist?
    When Jonathan Franzen's next novel, "Purity," is released in September, you're going to read a lot of debate about whether Franzen is the Great American Novelist. He's a contender for sure, but is he the "greatest"? Just because Time magazine put...

    Literature and the moral question

    Over the weekend, the National Catholic Reporter reported on a literary award to be administered by America Magazine, in conjunction with Yale University’s St. Thomas More Chapel: the George V. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and...

    Tomorrow Never Knows a sonic smorgasbord

    Tomorrow Never Knows a sonic smorgasbord
    Historically, the Tomorrow Never Knows festival, which takes place Wednesday through Sunday in venues throughout the city, has not been Chicago's most eclectic: Most of its acts skew toward garage rock, indie rock, other kinds of indie rock and indie pop....