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  • 37 literary resolutions for 2011. What's yours?

    26 literary resolutions for 2011 from writers and readers. What's yours?
  • Catching up with the National Book Awards

    Have you read all the National Book Award-winning novels above? If, like me, you haven't -- and it might take some time to get through them all -- the National Book Foundation has been posting helpful mini-reviews and essays on...

    Running in circles

    By Ed Park * To take a page from last month's column: We learn from John Crowley's "Endless Things," the final book of his "Aegypt" cycle, that "Coleridge had written . . . that 'the common end of all narrative, nay of all poems, is to convert a...

    "The Smithsonian Institution" by Gore Vidal

    In 1948, still in his early 20s, having already published two quite creditable works of fiction, Gore Vidal made literary history with "The City and the Pillar," the first mainstream American novel to treat homosexual desire as a natural, if not exactly...

    Astral Weeks: Fangs of New York

    Astral Weeks: Fangs of New York
    " Vampires have quite the pop culture cachet," says the excellently named Cubby Freeze in Charlie Huston's blood-soaked "My Dead Body" (Del Rey: 302 pp., $14 paper), itself the last in a series of books that can be shoehorned -- along with the "Sookie...