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  • Staff Q&A: If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    Staff Q&A: If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    The Baltimore Book Festival is coming up this weekend, so we asked our staff about their worn and dog-eared favorites. ••••┬áThe King James Bible. Four hundred years later, it’s still the most beautiful thing ever written in...
  • English 101

    English 101
    Each novelist requires circumstance — a situation to describe, from which a conflict arises — and the ivy-covered college hall or dormitory room provides such context readily. It would take research and, thereafter, expertise to write about...
  • 'Genius' at work

    'Genius' at work
    By Darin Strauss The daunting thing, of course, is the word itself. You hear "genius," you picture Wile E. Coyote, tinkering alone in the sierras, cobbling together the rocket-powered cycle on which he will catch only trouble. Sarajevo-born Chicago...
  • An American mystery

    The fiction of Joyce Carol Oates draws much of its dark power from American crime. From her prodigiously anthologized 1966 short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" (based on serial killer Charles Schmid) to her 2000 novel "Blonde" (about...
  • 'The Man Who Loved Books Too Much' by Allison Hoover Bartlett

    'The Man Who Loved Books Too Much' by Allison Hoover Bartlett
    There are people who love books, people who love to collect books and people who love books, particularly rare ones, so much that they're willing to steal them. Books coveted by collectors can be quite valuable -- say, a first Italian edition of...
  • PASSINGS

    Lee Solters Publicist for Broadway, Hollywood Lee Solters, 89, a longtime publicist who worked with some of the biggest names of Broadway and Hollywood, died Monday of natural causes at his home in West Hollywood, according to Jerry Digney, his...
  • Shades of Philip K. Dick

    Shades of Philip K. Dick
    If you're a Philip K. Dick fan, and even if you're not, the best way to start reading Christopher Miller's second novel, "The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank" (Harper Perennial: 522 pp., $14.99 paper), might be to open the...
  • Quick Takes

    Quick Takes
    Nabokov's last work to be printed Vladimir Nabokov's son says he will publish the Russian author's last manuscript despite the writer's dying request that it be burned. Dimitri Nabokov says in an interview with the German edition of Vanity Fair that his...
  • Paperback Writers: Nightmare noir

    Paperback Writers: Nightmare noir
    William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (NYRB Classics: 288 pp., $16) tells the rise-and-fall story of Stan Carlisle, a hustling carnival wanna-be who transforms himself into the Great Stanton, a big-time stage magician, and then into a fake...
  • Christopher Sorrentino assumes Dad's prose

    Christopher Sorrentino assumes Dad's prose
    After J.D. Salinger died in January, speculation began anew about the possibility that his New Hampshire study might be packed with 45 years' worth of unpublished writings, the fruit of his extraordinary reticence. The question of whether such work should...
  • Astral Weeks: 'Another conversation bleeds into yours'

    Astral Weeks: 'Another conversation bleeds into yours'
    While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....