Notable Articles

March 26, 2014

Life is Too Short to Read a Bad Book: A Conversation with My Editor 11

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After I sold my novel to Little, Brown, my editor Allie Sommer and I talked on the phone (for the second time ever). I said, “My parents are so proud of me!” and she said something like, “Mine are so proud of me!”

March 18, 2014

There Are Two Kinds of Novelists… 21

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Owing to the vagaries of evolution and animal husbandry, there are lactose intolerant novelists (Dostoyevsky) and those blessed few for whom a latte does not ruin an afternoon (Marguerite Duras).

March 17, 2014

We Cast The Goldfinch Movie so Hollywood Doesn’t Have To 51

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We hereby submit our ideas for the Goldfinch cast. The process reveals the bizarre extent to which I think I understand the Hollywood casting processes, which starlets we think play trashy the best, and how it might be worth it to turn the cast on its head to let Michael B. Jordan play Theo.

March 10, 2014

Five Crime Novels Where Women are the True Detectives 19

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Whether or not True Detective returns for another season and solves its woman problems, here’s a list of crime novels where there’s a woman in charge. You might discover, like me, that you’re an accidental fan of the female detective.

February 18, 2014

28 Books You Should Read If You Want To 41

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I discovered one of my favorite books because the author called our store and charmed the living daylights out of me. I found another in a box of old books that my Russian literature professor left outside his office to give away.

February 7, 2014

Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor 38

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I think I’ve always read like a copyeditor, even way back before I knew what a copyeditor was. One of my favorite authors is Proust, and when I was young I would read some of his sentences over and over trying to make sure I understood how every word related to the other words and just to make sure I understood what he was saying.

February 4, 2014

Oh, The Favorites You’ll Give: Literary Twitter’s Best Tweets 8

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To present literary Twitter in its best possible light, we are returning again to those most widely followed on literary Twitter, but this time, looking at which Tweets got the most favorites, we are highlighting literary Twitter’s best tweets.

January 21, 2014

Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks 71

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As Upworthy-style headlines sweep the internet, aiming to snag as many clicks as possible by pandering to as many whims and obsessions as possible, the dignified mystery of the great book title stands in stark contrast.

January 17, 2014

The Common Core Vs. Books: When Teachers Are Unable to Foster a Love of Reading in Students 22

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Learning that is transformative, learning that galvanizes our minds for a lifetime is what should be driving our discussions, instead of the current focus on more and more high-stakes tests, where standards are geared toward establishing uniformity of thought among students and where creativity and individuality are neither valued nor encouraged.

January 13, 2014

“Dumbest Thing Ever”: Scribbling in the Margins of Dan Brown’s Inferno 60

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WARNING: There are probably Dan Brown spoilers here, but come on, seriously.