Notable Articles

June 16, 2010

20 More Under 40 46


With apologies for obviousness, we hereby present our own informal, unscientific, alternate-universe “20 Under 40″ list.

June 4, 2010

A Speculative 20 Under 40, from 40 Years Ago 14


If you look back 40 years to the year 1970, there were many more established, award-winning authors under the age of 40.

June 2, 2010

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Breaking Up With Books 75


Recently it struck me that the list of books I’ve started and not finished has grown quite formidable. I ask myself what this “means,” if it reflects some kind of moral devolution.

May 24, 2010

Haruki Murakami and the Art of the Day 12


What appealed to me most about Murakami’s essay was the way it joined something very big, like writing a novel, with something very small, like what time each day to go to bed.

May 17, 2010

Long Live the Anti-Novel, Built from Scraps 68


The author of Reality Hunger explains it all for you: “When I began, I was just trying to follow the Kafka dictum ‘A book should be an axe to break the frozen sea within us.'”

May 17, 2010

All Great Works of Literature Either Dissolve a Genre or Invent One: A Reading List 13


“A contemplation of Dyer, Markson, and Coetzee, three books that embody my aesthetic really, really well, plus many additional titles to explore.”

May 6, 2010

Confined By Pages: The Joy of Unread Books 50


I often find that the book I have read is somehow not as exciting as the book I had imagined reading.

April 29, 2010

Are Picture Books Leading Our Children Astray? 18


It’s now widely believed that Outbreak, the 1995 Dustin Hoffman Ebola thriller, was at least partially inspired by Caps For Sale.

April 20, 2010

Lionel Shriver: America’s Best Writer? 34


With her new novel, So Much for That, Lionel Shriver strengthens her already credible claim to the title of best living American writer. That’s okay. We were the same way with Faulkner and Poe. Nothing’s more American than not quite recognizing some of our most accomplished artists.

April 8, 2010

Every Day I Open a Book 10


Perhaps all those years of reading adventure stories had given me a vocabulary of action, a means to save my father’s life, as if I’d been preparing, through books, for those charged moments without knowing it.