May 4, 2011
by Greg Olear
Prose sets up a subtle compare and contrast between America and Albania (there’s more in common than at first blush, especially during the Bush years, when the story takes place).
May 3, 2011
Like many nurtured in the penumbra of genius, Alexandra Styron got a good story out of her privations.
April 30, 2011
by Janet Potter
While his world looks like fantasy (bastards! dwarves! whores! knights!), and the action revolves around the question of the seven kingdoms’ throne, the focus is on the clashing relationships and motivations of the people involved in the struggle.
April 29, 2011
by Edan Lepucki
It became clear to me, over the two days that I lapped up this book, that Tina Fey is a true comedic genius, but she isn’t a master of prose. Bossypants was a delight, but it lacked power, intention.
April 28, 2011
If the night city is a territory, Nightshift NYC stands as an essential guide.
April 27, 2011
Discovering lust is naturally dramatic in any story, and writers from D.H. Lawrence to Danielle Steele have discovered all the tricks to make our hearts race and palms sweat. But how do you write about desire’s disappearance?
April 26, 2011
by Janet Potter
We can never know the people who came before us, but we can own their dining tables, walk the streets they walked, put the Japanese knick-knacks they bought in our pockets, and infuse them with meaning.
April 21, 2011
As a volume in the cultural history of American poetry, there’s no doubt that Elizabeth Hun Schmidt’s The Poets Laureate Anthology is a valuable text. For starters, it’s the only book of its kind.
April 20, 2011
Perec’s answer is to dwell on our routines and to realize the intricacies of the everyday.
April 19, 2011
by Josh Cook
Ulysses is the literary equivalent of Angkor Wat or Machu Picchu or any of the world’s other great, beautiful, challenging locations. Just as there are guides, travelogues and travel television shows designed to communicate a flavor of those locations while providing the traveler with the tools needed to actually visit them, there are guides and […]