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Biographies: The Novels of Nonfiction?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Plot? Before reading a biography, we often don't know all the specifics of how the subject's life proceeded (except, perhaps, that she or he eventually died). So a biography can be as revelatory as a plot-driven novel.

Literature in Miniature

Electric Literature | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

2012-10-10-ElectricLit.jpg While the word counts of Alex Epstein's "microfictions" may rarely reach triple digits, the stories from his new collection, For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings, occupy the space of something much larger.

How Zadie Smith Is Trying to Wake White Writers Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Christina Patterson

Smith is, in fact, following a path along which some other writers have walked. You could say that it was a path that started with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Q-and-A With Marten Weber, Author of Benedetto Casanova and Bodensee

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Martin Weber graciously took the time to answer some questions as to his work, writing process, and issues with which the LGBT community grapples.

Author David G. Hallman Shares The Inspiration Behind His Novel And Memoir

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

His memoir, August Farewell, details the death of his partner to cancer and was noted by The Advocate magazine as one of the 21 Biographies or Memoirs You Should Read Now. It was a pleasure to speak with him recently about his life and journey to authorhood.

The Future of the Novel

Warren Adler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced, and composed for an increasing segmented reading public.

Michael Cunningham on Reading the "Invisible Classics"

Electric Literature | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

Why does history remember some novels, and forget others? Okay, because most novels are forgettable. But there are some, a handful or two, that brush up against greatness itself, and yet don't seem to get a ticket on the literature train.

Why Huffington Went Literary

Nicholas Miriello | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Nicholas Miriello

Though there have been grumblings about new technologies' detrimental effect on more traditional forms of literature, we believe that these media are not mutually exclusive. We can hold on to, and elevate, the things we love about books and still embrace the worlds opened up by more recent developments.

Top Fantasy Book to Read This Year

Lisa Parkin | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

I've been waiting for a book like Shadow and Bone for a long time. I just didn't know it. I was bored with the books I was reading -- they were all the same.

American Exceptionalism

Ian Squires | Posted 11.20.2012 | Comedy
Ian Squires

A new study concludes that in less than 20 years, every last American citizen will be "a sedentary mass of lard unable to effectively bathe themselves, let alone actually contribute to a sustainable society in any way. It's over."

An Open Letter To Fiction Writers

Yael Goldstein Love | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Yael Goldstein Love

Fellow fiction writers, Let's be frank: we're not the healthiest-minded bunch. If we were we'd spend our days doing something more pleasant than writing fiction. But lately we seem to have taken a turn for the worse.

How Rick Moody Writes

Electric Literature | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

I have written things in appalling circumstances. In the worst motels, on scraps of paper and envelopes. And oftentimes the reduced circumstance takes me to creative places I wouldn't go otherwise.

Why We Love Mystery Novels: Murder, Mayhem, and Cultural Mirrors

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Most of us who are avid readers as adults probably cut our teeth on mysteries. This summer, I have devoured so many amazing mystery novels that I started analyzing why this genre appeals to me so much.

"The Perfect Code" by Terrence Holt--Excerpt

Granta | Posted 11.12.2012 | Books

This barbed and insightful view into emergency care -- from the perspective of the doctor -- is a bittersweet paean to the delicate harmonies which can rise, if only briefly, from the mess of hospitals and human bodies.

A Note on Aimee Bender's "The Red Ribbon"

Electric Literature | Posted 11.10.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

Aimee Bender's "The Red Ribbon," which originally appeared in Electric Literature no. 3. It's a story about secrets and identity, about how much of ourselves we are willing to expose, about the consequences of taking control of our desires.

Why I Wrote The Lieutenant of San Porfirio

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Joel D. Hirst

I wrote "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" because I love Latin America. I haven't learned to love it naively, as some Americans say, because of its chaos. I love it because I grew up there, and in spite of the chaos.

An Incomplete History of Digital Fiction

Posted 11.06.2012 | Books

Long before three w's together was a word, writers have been pushing the boundaries of fiction and reality on digital platforms. In 1976, readers expl...

Why Women Love 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 11.05.2012 | Books
Jennifer Hamady

The requirement of pleasure, delivered by a gorgeous, skilled, and smitten someone who knows our bodies and desires better than we do.... Is there really any question as to why these books are so popular?

How Much Truth Is In Fiction?

Leslie Daniels | Posted 10.16.2012 | Books
Leslie Daniels

Last week, here and in the Times Literary Supplement, was announced the discovery of a story by Vladimir Nabokov on boxing.

Charity Shumway: Why It's OK If Your 20s Suck

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 07.31.2012 | Women

In 2007, Charity Shumway got a job tracking down past winners of Glamour magazine's Top 10 College Women contest in honor of its 50 anniversary. When ...

Giving Up the Ghost: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

This wildly original novel careens from one crisp scene to another, combining dry wit, narrative verve, and an abiding melancholy. It's hard to believe such an entertaining, enjoyable novel bears the "literary fiction" stamp of highbrow approval.

Reality Bites: Why Are So Many Readers Obsessed With 'Realism'?

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Peter Mandel

Give us escape-craving readers a break, I say. Since when did fiction -- whether on a screen or in a ream of pages -- hinge on the quality of its imitation?

Does Batman Have PTSD?

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

On the eve of the release of A Dark Knight Rises, I'm going to consider whether Batman has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the psychiatric disorder that most people may think a likely diagnosis for Batman.

Reading Barbara Pym

Vicky Shorr | Posted 09.09.2012 | Books
Vicky Shorr

A friend, a good reader, didn't exactly recommend Barbara Pym; she just shot a longing glance at her bookshelf in passing and murmured, "Oh, I wish I ...

Friday Fiends

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.05.2012 | Comedy
Christopher Caen

As the night became darker and darker, I was having a harder time following the crow. It darted between buildings, down alleys, coming to rest on alco...