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  • Author doesn't want you to buy his book on Amazon

    Novelist and independent bookseller Jaime Clarke has, like many writers before him, launched a website tied to the promotion of his new book. "Vernon Downs" will be available from Amazon in April 2014, but his website urges readers to consider pre-...
  • Would novelists want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?

    Would novelists want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?
    In a widely circulated interview with Publishers Weekly, writer Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs." She responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of...
  • D.T. Max takes on the life of David Foster Wallace

     D.T. Max takes on the life of David Foster Wallace
    D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
  • On Sunday: Alain Mabanckou, Jonathan Franzen and lumber as history

     
    In Sunday books: a talk with UCLA author Alain Mabanckou, plus reviews of the latest by Jonathan Franzen, lumber as history and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's letters and diaries....
  • Oprah relaunches book club, saying 'I still believe in books'

     
    Are you ready for Oprah's Book Club 2.0? Bring your Kindles, if you like....
  • Sarajevo with tears: Another walk down Logavina Street

     
    Barbara Demick says that" real Sarajevans don’t like to talk about the war," but her book, "Logavina Street," follows the lives of a small community during the conflict. It has been re-released, with additional materials, commemorating the 20th...
  • Most interesting comment thread of the day, courtesy Helen DeWitt

     
    Novelist Helen DeWitt takes issue with the romantic idea that a writer is a person who has to write....
  • Why you should read genre books

    Why you should read genre books
    I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...
  • Attenberg's domestic tragedy

    Attenberg's domestic tragedy
    Jami Attenberg’s family tragedy arrives bearing the imprimatur of Jonathan Franzen, who has praised the author’s “sympathy” and “artistry.” Franzen’s endorsement makes a fair amount of sense. True, "The...
  • Midwestern lit: Plain-spoken

    Midwestern lit: Plain-spoken
    I recently took one of those online quizzes to test your accent, and it declared, accurately, that I come from the "Central U.S." The test said my accent is essentially no accent, the one that's employed by television news anchors, who are supposed to...
  • Annoyingly talented

    Annoyingly talented
    You know what's annoying? Experimental short stories. You know what else is annoying? Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half- way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...