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July 27, 2011

Original Sin 8


If you can’t be a unique writer, have the markings of a generic. Glamorize your squalid room in the bohemian part of a bright metropolis. Peddle opinions on the books you read (if you read). Consort with other writers.

July 20, 2011

On Treating Books Badly 20


Books as books – as tangible things you can hold in your hands and show off to curious onlookers on the subway and friends who visit your apartment – are something I hold in high esteem. But there is, as I say, some pleasure in letting go, in allowing a book to get wet, in treasuring a book not for what it looks like but for what it says.

July 18, 2011

Exclusive: The First Lines of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 16


Classical music and a taxi ride kick off Murakami’s long awaited novel.

June 16, 2011

On Bloomsdays Past 0


We brought the world of Ulysses to, say, the Tivoli, or the Grand Canal, or the Art Museum and the Rocky statue.

June 14, 2011

Last Words 14


When do we, as writers, accept that a piece is as good as it will ever be, even if it’s not that great? When do we decide that a piece will never be good enough to be published?

May 23, 2011

Exclusive: The First Lines of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot 14


A bookish first paragraph kicks off this new novel set to come out in October.

May 19, 2011

Goodnight Stars, Goodnight Air: Reconnecting with Children’s Books as a Parent 13


The market for children’s books is probably more resistant to cultural churn than just about any other slice of the consumer economy; it’s a closed circuit that reproduces itself one generation after another.

May 5, 2011

Requiem for a Video Store 9


By the latter half of the decade the slide was irreversible: if Blockbuster had been injurious, Netflix was a cancer.  And so was On Demand, Hulu, and the thousand other ways we now put stories before our eyes.

March 25, 2011

A Writer Without Borders 9


As a reader and writer, the current moment is endlessly confusing to me. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a one-man mission to save publishing, buying books weekly from indies and chains alike, for the sake not only of my future work, but that of future writers, young people far from urban centers, dreaming up stories in Texas or Idaho or Michigan.

March 15, 2011

Exclusive: The First Lines of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King 27


The book’s lyrical opening sentence may be familiar to Wallace completists.