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February 9, 2012

Lady Parts: Caitlin Flanagan and H.G. Wells on Wayward Girls 16


Upon completing A Man of Parts and Girl Land, the new offering from Caitlin Flanagan, I know that our young girls are in extreme peril: if they are not succored by their families, they will wind up in nude animal ecstasy with H.G. Wells.

February 7, 2012

This Chart Is a Lonely Hunter: The Narrative Eros of the Infographic 24


We’ve given today’s visual storytellers considerable power: for better or worse, they are the new meaning-makers, the priests of shorthand synthesis. We’re dependent on these priests to scrutinize, bundle, and produce beautiful information for us so that we can have our little infogasm and then retweet the information to our friends.

February 6, 2012

Bookstore Chronicles: Switch Comedies, Fake Words, Loose Adaptations 2


I went to the theater with my girlfriend Margie. We bought tickets to see The Firm and sat in the last row making out the whole time. I was trying to do what they say can never be done — go home again or recapture the past.

February 3, 2012

My Twins: On First Children and First Novels 5


I just had twins. One of them is human — fingers and toes, eyes and ears. The other is a hardcover — 346 pages long, eight years in the making — my first novel. These are very different creatures, yet they were both made somewhere inside me, gestating over months or years.

February 1, 2012

I Greet You in the Middle of a Great Career: A Brief History of Blurbs 45


Hyperbole, fakery, shameless cronyism: blurbs, like bullshit, existed long before the term coined to describe them.

January 25, 2012

Copyrights Wake: SOPA, James Joyce, and the Future of Intellectual Property 4


We are going to need a completely new online framework for supporting creators, and to get there, we might have to move beyond a tired notion of “copyright” and towards “author’s rights.”

January 24, 2012

Fragmentary: Writing in a Digital Age 26


Fragmentary writing captures the tension between “digital” and “analog” reading better than anything else out there. And that tension, in many ways, is the defining feature of the contemporary reading experience.

January 23, 2012

Where Parents Get Their Power: Evidence from The Brothers Karamazov 10


It occurred to me that the Grand Inquisitor’s interpretation of the Temptation of Christ effectively describes the power I hold over my two sons.

January 20, 2012

The Literary Pedigree of Downton Abbey 9


The current PBS Masterpiece series mashes the “class” buttons hard, in both the literary and the economic senses. But its relationship with the English novel is more complicated than it might appear.

January 20, 2012

HBO (Isn’t) Filming The Corrections at My Parents’ House: TV and Fiction 16


She cut me off and asked whether she should call HBO. She added that they offered anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 for every day they were filming. My response was something along the lines of: “YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM THAT YOU WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FILM THIS SHOW IN OUR HOUSE.”