November 27, 2014
I am not a writer first. I have a family, and without them I would have little reason to want to write — or to do anything else. My desire to create is held in silence during the day, so that my literary moments can be focused and absolute.
November 26, 2014
Pinker is on a mission to remove the heckling usage purists from the back of the linguistics classroom.
November 24, 2014
In my experience, there are two types of Marilynne Robinson readers: ‘Housekeeping’ people and ‘Gilead’ people.
November 21, 2014
Pineapples in a Hothouse: Writing Culture in ‘Dear Committee Members’ and ‘Twilight of the Eastern Gods’ 3
by John Yargo
As a promising Albanian writer, Kadare was invited to Moscow, where he met the odd mix of Party sycophants and belles-lettrists that was the Soviet intelligentsia.
November 20, 2014
One of the frustrations of being a librarian is the occupational stereotyping. Librarians tend to be depicted in books and movies as elderly spinsters, rigid and frigid. More recently, in a predictable attempt to subvert convention, the slutty librarian trope has emerged: young, hot-blooded, yet not exempt from the cats-eye glasses.
November 18, 2014
As creative writing education continues to expand from a narrow field pursued by a devoted few to a profitable industry employing thousands, perhaps we should pause a moment to reflect on precisely what is being sold and what assumptions underlie the transaction.
November 11, 2014
by Edan Lepucki
Lately, I’ve been thinking: If I were a fictional character, would readers hate me?
November 10, 2014
You cannot remove a book from the List until you’ve read it entirely—because until the last paragraph, anything can happen.
November 5, 2014
by David Bates
What sets The List apart are the thirteen Michelin Guide-type symbols (a magnifying glass, an American flag, an armchair, etc.) that Raphael and McLeish used to flag titles as (for example) a “major masterpiece,” a “seminal work that changed our thinking,” and “a particular pleasure to read.”
November 4, 2014
by Jared Young
That Crichton’s magnum opus involved dinosaurs – my other great childhood obsession – seemed to dictate that my own should, too. The rest, I assumed, would come naturally to a prodigious talent such as myself.