Articles by Michael Bourne
November 24, 2015
After Adam Johnson’s surprise win of the National Book Award for Fortune Smiles last week, readers new to Johnson’s work may also want to make room on their Christmas wish lists for his 2012 novel, The Orphan Master’s Son.
November 2, 2015
It can take more talent, determination, and hard work to write one good paragraph than an entire lousy book.
October 19, 2015
Whether its practitioners like to admit it or not, contemporary memoir, to a far greater degree than contemporary fiction, is an agents’ and editors’ medium.
October 1, 2015
Gold Fame Citrus takes an important step away from the moral convenience of cataclysm-as-metaphor — or, in lesser novels, cataclysm-as-plot-starter — toward an angrier, more urgent form that insists its reader do more than wallow in free-floating anxiety about the future.
August 24, 2015
Joan Didion possessed the luck of serving as a human tuning fork for the anxieties of her age and the dogged curiosity to pursue those anxieties wherever they led.
August 20, 2015
Unlike many young writers, Milward’s gaze isn’t directed at his own navel, but outward at the rough, strange history of the state that formed him.
July 22, 2015
Whatever its true provenance, Go Set a Watchman, despite some deft prose and sharp dialogue, fails as a work of art in every way except as a corrective to the standard sentimental reading of Atticus Finch.
July 13, 2015
Today, we offer a preview of some of the most compelling nonfiction titles set to arrive in bookstores between now and December.
June 10, 2015
A certain kind of man views his bookshelves the way a leopard sees bleached bones on the veldt — as evidence of past kills, the larger the better.
April 22, 2015
These nine books, some new, some decades old, shed light on the history and evolution of racism in America.