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October 22, 2012

Literary Fiction is a Genre: A List 41


Let’s consider literary fiction as a straightforward genre, like romance or science fiction, with certain expected tropes and motifs.

September 11, 2012

Is This Book Bad, or Is It Just Me? The Anatomy of Book Reviews 36


You can critique the critics. You can be a meta-Michiko. Use this knowledge wisely.

August 30, 2012

The Marquise Went out at Five O’clock: On Making Sentences Do Something 37


When I find that a sentence I’m writing isn’t working, I don’t think about what I want that sentence to look like or to be; I don’t pull it from the page to weigh it in my hand; I don’t worry over its internal balance. I simply ask myself, ‘What do I need this sentence to do?’

August 15, 2012

“A Right Fit”: Navigating the World of Literary Agents 100


If it sounds like I’m saying, “It’s all about who you know,” that’s because that is exactly what I’m saying. You can rail about how unfair that is, and how it makes publishing into an incestuous little club, and to a degree you would be right. But that’s the way the machine is built, people.

August 7, 2012

The Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs: Round Two 45


Six months ago, I rounded up a list of my favorite literary Tumblr accounts. Alas, six months in the real world is different from six months online, and Tumblr now has grown by a few million blogs. So with that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for another list — a better list, a bigger list.

August 2, 2012

Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions 39


What was Charles Dickens’s best novel? It depends whom you ask of course. Searching for clarity, I decided to pose the question to a handful of leading Victorianists. I sent out emails to select scholars asking them if they’d be interested in choosing a novel and making their case. Just about everyone I reached out to was game.

July 5, 2012

A Beginner’s Guide to Alice Munro 25


Considering which of Alice Munro’s stories to read can feel something like considering what to eat from an enormous box of chocolates. There are an overwhelming number of choices — and, while you’re very likely to choose something delicious, there is the slight but real possibility of finding yourself stuck with, say, raspberry ganache.

July 2, 2012

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview 50


At 8,700 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, this is the only second-half 2012 book preview you will ever need. Enjoy.

June 29, 2012

The High Line: New York’s Monument to Gentrification 29


The High Line is the distressed skinny jeans of public parks, the gourmet taco truck of urban tourist attractions.

June 22, 2012

The Game’s Afoot: The Case of the Mystery Genre’s Terrible Secret 21


The biggest secret in crime fiction is that there are really only, like, four ways to tie up a mystery, and I’m going to show you all of them in 1200 words. Get ready to have an entire genre irrevocably spoiled.