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Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Most of the big names who did come out with novels fell flat on their faces, producing ponderous, bloated, eminently editable books (Julie Orringer, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Smiley).

Fictional Politics

Barry Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barry Eisler

Though it's replete with action, sex, badass characters, and exotic locations, I'm gratified that my latest novel, Inside Out, has also garnered atten...

Telling the Reality Behind Fiction

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

How much (or any) of their research should writers of fiction for children provide? That interesting question, posed by blogger Betsy Bird yesterday,...

DVD Review: Forbidden Lie$

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

Why did dozens of western media outlets allow Norma Khoui to peddle her falsehoods for so long and how can Random House easily brush off the book after spending resources publishing and promoting?

Lobster Boy! Conjoined Twins!

The Guardian | Daniel Kalder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I especially like the stark contrast between the promise of wonder that hangs over the entrance to the tent, and the grim reality of door receipts, ca...

The Overton Window: More Poodle Than Panther

Barry Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Barry Eisler

The Overton Window is more dull and disjointed than it is dangerous or disquieting, and therefore, as both political primer and political thriller, ultimately, inert.

Making Sense of the Memoir

Will Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Will Weaver

Hunting has a brutal side. Crippled birds not found. Blood trails and gut piles. Shooting accidents (my family has had its tragedies). It soon became clear to me as I wrote: tell the truth or stay home.

Is This Book About You? The Butter in the Cookies

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

There something a little creepy about knowing that as my friends and family read the novel I wrote, that they're probably thinking: Oh, that's how she really views her kids! My God, she lies to her husband?

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2010-2011)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

These programs fully fund 70% or more of students, yet receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.

A Writer's Credo: Notes from Author Frederic Tuten

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bettina Korek

I'm interested in writing that spins on itself, dives inward, twists the guts of language and makes it sing new songs, whole operas, even unstageable ones.

An Interview With Author Peter Carey

Ben Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben Evans

The great thing about using the past is that it gives you the most colossal freedom to invent.

Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's 'Solar'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What American reviewers have missed is that satire and history are coming together for the first time in McEwan's career.

Searching for Bobby Kennedy: Health Care and the Moral Imperative

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Zac Hill

What Robert understood is that despite being more media-saturated than at any other time in history, our dialogue remains silent with regard to the moral imperatives those policies entail.

Big Woman, Small Town: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In her inability to feel content with her life, with the "blackness" that accompanies her through her household tasks and is often expressed through anger and even cruelty, Olive seems, in a way, to be too big for the town that has always been her home.

What Is Distinctive About Arab-American Writing Today? (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

At some point, readers and critics stop thinking of the hyphenated literature from an exoticizing perspective, and instead treat the writing on its own terms.

Daniel Kehlmann's Fame: The Self in the Cyber Century (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Daniel Kehlmann is a very funny, very philosophical young fictionist from Germany who will make you want more like him -- and more playfully engaging ...

The Decline of the New York City MFA

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

New York City MFAs are subject to a vicious circle from which some may not escape.

Henry James Meets Jack the Ripper -- Maybe

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Admittedly, I do not read many mysteries, but this particular one, which is steeped in history and offers another consideration on who the notorious murderer may have been, had me intrigued.

Is Oprah Sexist? Should Authors Say Less and Write More?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

So Oprah picked Jonathan Franzen's new novel for her Book Club, despite the hullabaloo about the amount of "sexist" press coverage his new novel was getting. Does that make Oprah sexist?

Interview with The Nanny Diaries Authors on Writing, Teens, and How They Really Feel About Justin Bieber

Rebecca Serle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Serle

"I think non-mothers like the fact that Young Adult is romantic and inspirational, without being "porny." They don't have to hear about anything throbbing."

Check Reality Before You Live It

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Reality-check yourself with the following questions: - How many realities are there right now? One, two, none? - Is there just what is or is there ...

Six Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

Myth: MFA programs are desperate for tuition dollars, so they'll admit almost anyone. Fact: Portland State's MFA (ranked #52 nationally) is a tougher admit than University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate program.

Short Stories: Writers Talk About The Form To Anis Shivani

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We asked the writers these questions: What do you like about writing short stories, and if you also write novels, how do you compare the writing?

Call me Ishmael? No, Just Email Me Your Choice Instead!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Lately I've been thinking about the novels that I've loved most, and the way they open. I'm about to publish my second novel, Seeing Red, and I am try...

Talking About Terror

Amitava Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amitava Kumar

I have just received a letter from a man in prison. His name is Hemant Lakhani. Lakhani was a women's clothing salesman who, in 2005, was convicted of...