Lists

July 27, 2010

Literary Endings: Pretty Bows, Blunt Axes, and Modular Furniture 13

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It’s tempting to imagine a linear spectrum of ending “types,” with tied-up-in-a-bow on one end, chopped-off-with-a-blunt-ax on the other. But really, there are so many different kinds of literary endings. What constitutes “satisfying” for different readers?

July 9, 2010

Literature is a Manner of Completing Ourselves: A Reader’s Year 17

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If I were an addict, I would get high and while high, presumably, worry about where I was to get my next fix. Reading is not all that different, I think. As a reader, I am always looking over the binding thinking about the next read, in some instances, longing for it. Some books, like some highs, are better than others. But even with not-so-good books, I will come back to the drug, seeking the next high.

July 8, 2010

Five Apocalypses: A Particularly Catastrophic Summer Reading List 36

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It’s summertime, and The Passage is everywhere. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve been told that it concerns a post-apocalyptic world. Here, for your consideration and summer reading enjoyment, is a brief selection of my favorite fictional apocalypses.

July 6, 2010

Most Anticipated Summer Reading 2010 and Beyond: The Great 2010 Book Preview Continued 42

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Dozens of books that you’ll want to be reading for the rest of the year and into the next. Dig in!

June 18, 2010

The Prizewinners 2009/2010 2

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With the awarding of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2009/2010 literary award season is now over, which gives us the opportunity to update our list of prizewinners.

June 16, 2010

20 More Under 40 46

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With apologies for obviousness, we hereby present our own informal, unscientific, alternate-universe “20 Under 40″ list.

June 4, 2010

A Speculative 20 Under 40, from 40 Years Ago 14

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If you look back 40 years to the year 1970, there were many more established, award-winning authors under the age of 40.

June 2, 2010

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Breaking Up With Books 75

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Recently it struck me that the list of books I’ve started and not finished has grown quite formidable. I ask myself what this “means,” if it reflects some kind of moral devolution.

May 17, 2010

All Great Works of Literature Either Dissolve a Genre or Invent One: A Reading List 13

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“A contemplation of Dyer, Markson, and Coetzee, three books that embody my aesthetic really, really well, plus many additional titles to explore.”

February 22, 2010

Long Live Fiction: A Guide to Fiction Online 33

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I went in search of the new fiction. I wanted to see its extent, the borders of its world. I wanted to do a little cartography to glimpse the map of our conversation with ourselves.