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October 11, 2011

Bartleby’s Occupation of Wall Street 39


If Occupy Wall Street has any goal, it should be to have the same effect that great literature has — to unsettle.

September 2, 2011

Why Are So Many Literary Writers Shifting into Genre? 94


Is it a mass sellout, a belated and half-hearted attempt by writers to chase the market? Or are two disparate worlds finally merging?

August 23, 2011

Shutting the Drawer: What Happens When a Book Doesn’t Sell? 72


The truth is, my novel isn’t selling, and it probably won’t. There, I’ve said it. Eventually, a writer must accept rejection, accept the death of her first true darling, and move on. Can I face that sobering reality? Can I put my first book into the drawer, and shut it?

August 18, 2011

Making Room for Readers 39


It’s a mistake to rarify reading and put books out of reach. It’s a mistake to assume that readers are “mostly born and only a little made.” Because those discoveries in libraries and bookstores — and, yes, on my parents’ shelves, too — are what made me a reader, not some mysterious, bibliogenic accident of birth.

August 15, 2011

The E-Reader of Sand: The Kindle and the Inner Conflict Between Consumer and Booklover 61


It occurred to me that Borges would have been thrilled and horrified in equal measure by the Kindle. In fact, in a weird way, he sort of invented it.

July 21, 2011

A Critic’s Notebook: On Meeting Ayn Rand’s Editor at Antioch College 54


This is America, he said. There aren’t many ideas. Ayn Rand had a few simple ones which she believed in fiercely and promoted relentlessly.

July 7, 2011

The Year of Wonders 45


It was midday on a Monday in early August of the year 2000 and the bidding on my first novel had reached six figures, then paused for people to track down more cash. I was 32. I’d never made over $12,000 in a year.

July 5, 2011

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2011 Book Preview 45


At 7,500 words strong and encompassing 66 titles, this is the only second-half of 2011 book preview you will ever need.

June 24, 2011

Six Egyptian Writers You Don’t Know But You Should 17


More writers from Egypt made the longlist for the $50,000, 2011 International Arabic Prize for Fiction (IPAF) than writers from any other country. And now it was Egypt’s Arab Spring. Where was the work of these men and women, work that was a catalyst for the ongoing social transformation of the largest nation in the Middle East?

June 16, 2011

On the Desire to Be Well-Read: A Review of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction 21


The advice of many aesthetes turns the reader’s capacity for pleasure into just another test of his cultural status—and the effect of this kind of sly pressure is to make it more difficult to distinguish what we enjoy from what we think we ought to enjoy.