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  • Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway

    Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway
    For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises" in high school and had admired its spare portrayal of 1920s expatriate life. But I'd also thought of it as more than a little stilted, even melodramatic in its way.
  • Demise of Borders recalls the end of Remington's

    The news that Borders, the nation's second-largest book chain, is giving up the ghost and closing its doors after 40 years came as no real surprise to anyone. The Wall Street Journal observed last week that Borders' exit was the "'first major casualty of...

    The Sunday Conversation: Martin Amis talks 'Lionel Asbo,' money

    The Sunday Conversation: Martin Amis talks 'Lionel Asbo,' money
    Martin Amis, once dubbed "fiction's angriest writer," continues dissecting the absurdity and excesses of postmodern society in his latest novel, "Lionel Asbo: State of England," which reaches bookstores Aug. 21. The British novelist, 62, recently moved...

    Save the dates for Baltimore and Washington book festivals

    Save the dates for Baltimore and Washington book festivals
    September's a big month for bibliophiles, as Baltimore and Washington stage their book festivals. And this year, for the first time in recent years, the festivals don't fall on the same weekend, allowing readers to catch both packed slates of authors...

    'The Orchardist' inspires a rumination on the role of place in literature

    'The Orchardist' inspires a rumination on the role of place in literature
    Hi, my name is Alan, and I'm drunk with landscape. I've just finished teaching a writing workshop in how to deploy setting in modern fiction, mainly, the modern novel, so I couldn't easily get the subject off my mind in any case. And now, just as the...