July 27, 2010

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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.