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December 1, 2011

A Year in Reading 2011 35

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For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.

November 29, 2011

Reasons Not to Self-Publish in 2011-2012: A List 174

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You see, Reader, I still don’t plan on self-publishing my first novel, though I don’t deny the positive aspects of that choice.

October 17, 2011

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Write ‘The Marriage Plot’ 24

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The irony was clear: here I was, cheating on a novel that had once been my mistress!

October 11, 2011

Bartleby’s Occupation of Wall Street 39

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.