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The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books (Paperback)

by Jeff Martin

Taut, Not Trite: On the Novella 6

Most reviews of novellas begin with similar elements: the writer’s arbitrary word count parameter, why “novella” sounds more diminutive than “short novel,” and a lament that publishers are unwilling to support the form. This essay is not such an apology.

Confessions of an Analogian Writing for the Webs 24

In that moment, I got it — what all this fuss about social networking was about. Give the tools a try, just be yourself; write what you care about. Weird things will start to happen.

He Hit Send: On the Awkward but Necessary Role of Technology in Fiction 50

Despite all the trouble technology might cause, when it’s absent from contemporary novels, a big white elephant appears on the page and starts ambling around. (Perhaps searching for an unprotected Wi-Fi network?)

A Year in Reading 2011 35

For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.

The Millions Top Ten: August 2011 0

It's The Pale King's last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.

The Millions Top Ten: July 2011 2

Two debuts last month: a classic work of poetry and a brand new installment of an epic series.

Books on the Radio 0

The Millions Top Ten: June 2011 1

A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!

The Millions Top Ten: May 2011 0

Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.

Brainy Summer Reading 1

The Millions Top Ten: March 2011 1

Two new debuts and new number one.

The Full Stop Book Club 0

The New Yorker on The Late American Novel 0

Tonight's the Night! 0

You Are Invited 0

The Chameleon Machine 8

Digital readers and paper books have little in common. But both objects have considerable merit, and this is why I think we should combine the two.

Late American Novel Roundup 0

Late American Novel Love 0

More on Sam Anderson's Marginalia 0

Tuesday New Release Day: Future, Foer, Food, Info, Boxing, Pym, Patterson, and More 2

Insidious Devices: An Introduction to 'The Late American Novel' 9

The written word’s last big format change turned out to be a pretty big deal, fomenting revolutions and laying the groundwork for civil society, the scientific revolution, and nothing less than modernity itself.

The Millions Top Ten: February 2011 1

Three debuts and a brand new number one.

PW Reviews Late American Novel and More 0

Modes of Imagining the Writer of the Future 7

The writer of the future will crouch in wind-swept aeries miles above the electronic din of the modern world, crafting feathers out of the leaves of old books.

TLAN News 1

TLAN:WOTFOB Excerpted 0

Late American Novel Fans 0

Cursing at Poets 0

Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview 61

8,000 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, it's the only 2011 book preview you will ever need.

Early Buzz 0

The Too-Short History of Soft Skull 0

Fall Book Picks (Part 2): Shop Class As Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford 2

“By the mere fact that they [mechanics] stand ready to fix things,” Crawford writes, “as a class they are an affront to the throwaway society. Just as important, the kind of thinking they do, if they are good, offers a counterweight to the culture of narcissism.”