Notable Articles

November 29, 2011

Reasons Not to Self-Publish in 2011-2012: A List 171

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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? 70

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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 60

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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.

July 5, 2011

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

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