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by Rachel Kushner
We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.
I’ve always liked books about drugs; they’re a good substitute for drugs.
I don't buy books or movie tickets based on awards, and I'm proud to be able to say that I bought my copy of The Good Lord Bird before it was nominated for the National Book Award and I finished reading it before the awards ceremony.
Smart and funny and brutally moving, it's the most aggressive short story collection I've read in a long time, one that forces emotional participation and moral complicity on its readers.
As a writer facing her mortality, how could I resist a novel about a writer facing his mortality?
I am not the first to say this, but let me say this nonetheless: Thank God for the NYRB series of reissued books.
Probably the single most perfect book I encountered in 2013 -- it didn't just reward my attention; it commanded it.
Another year of living, another year of reading. And, if you're like us, when you look back, you'll mark out the year in books.
Awards season means a huge shake-up for our list, including a new number one.
The contenders for the 2013 National Book Award were pared down to a five nominees in each category today. Here’s a list of the finalists in all four categories with bonus links and excerpts where available.
The Pioneer Detectives lands in the top spot, and three heavy-hitting debuts replace a trio of graduates to the Hall of Fame.
Last year, the fiction finalists included far more male authors than female, however the count is even in 2013.
I'd just gone through this break-up and was feeling crushed and heartbroken. I had quit my salaried staff job in advertising and I was running out of money/time. So I said, that's it. I have to do this. I have nothing else. I have to give it my all and actually finish this novel.
Four books graduate to our Hall of Fame, making room for four new arrivals: a "big literary book", a thriller, and two shorter-form ebooks.
We are not choosing between a world without exploitation and a world without culture. They are not in a direct competition with each other, where one must be prioritized, and the other overshadowed or shamed for its insignificance.
A photograph captures a moment of time, but then time itself moves past that moment into the future. When we look at a photograph, we are looking at time stilled, at a moment that has died.
It was only when Kushner started writing her book that she made a discovery that is vital to any novelist trying to spin fiction out of historical events: the great danger is emptying your notebook, becoming lulled by your research into forgetting that novels are, first and last, works of the imagination.