Lists

October 22, 2012

Literary Fiction is a Genre: A List 39

by

Let’s consider literary fiction as a straightforward genre, like romance or science fiction, with certain expected tropes and motifs.

September 24, 2012

The Amazon Alphabet: From Audio Books to Zoo 4

by

The ABCs of Amazon: a peek into the reading habits of America and, like it or not, a primer for what’s popular in the world of books.

September 4, 2012

Disorientation: A Reading List 10

by

“Do you believe,” the journalist asked, “or fear, that the world is a mirage, or a hoax?”

August 7, 2012

The Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs: Round Two 41

by

Six months ago, I rounded up a list of my favorite literary Tumblr accounts. Alas, six months in the real world is different from six months online, and Tumblr now has grown by a few million blogs. So with that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for another list — a better list, a bigger list.

August 2, 2012

Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions 28

by

What was Charles Dickens’s best novel? It depends whom you ask of course. Searching for clarity, I decided to pose the question to a handful of leading Victorianists. I sent out emails to select scholars asking them if they’d be interested in choosing a novel and making their case. Just about everyone I reached out to was game.

July 12, 2012

The Not-So-Silver Screen: Writers Acting in Film 27

by

He tries his best, but let’s face it: SALMAN RUSHDIE, fatwa survivor, ex-husband of Padma Lakshmi, plays an obstetrician who is not using enough gel while operating an ultrasound machine. Disbelief has not been suspended if the audience starts yelling, “Use more gel, Rushdie! Use more gel!”

July 11, 2012

Burnt-out Summer Reads 6

by

While you’re laid out and baking this season check out these books whose landscapes and characters are bone-dry, desolate, charred, or wasted. The ennui will be a perfect complement to your cocktail.

July 5, 2012

A Beginner’s Guide to Alice Munro 24

by

Considering which of Alice Munro’s stories to read can feel something like considering what to eat from an enormous box of chocolates. There are an overwhelming number of choices — and, while you’re very likely to choose something delicious, there is the slight but real possibility of finding yourself stuck with, say, raspberry ganache.

July 2, 2012

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview 50

by

At 8,700 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, this is the only second-half 2012 book preview you will ever need. Enjoy.

June 27, 2012

Not Ready to Gush About It: A Brief Book List for Young Readers 1

by

These kids may have entered my classroom in September as non-readers, but by this point in June every last one of them has loved a book.