Journalists today are forced to pontificate from their armchairs, barking out at a furious pace the short, sharp commentaries that are the staples of the Internet. Seeking fulfillment, I turned to fiction.
Many novelists can lay claim to foreseeing bits and pieces of the future. More than 100 years ago, H.G. Wells portrayed lasers in War of the Worlds and genetic engineering in The Island of Doctor Moreau.
From important new fiction by Jonathan Franzen and Yiyun Li to penetrating critiques of the current political situation by Matt Taibbi and Chris Hedges, there is a lot to look forward to from publishers at all levels for the rest of the summer and the fall.
After a family dinner, while we were hitting the cookies, my father launched into the hair-raising story of how he, his sister, and his parents traveled from Alesund, Norway, to Newfoundland, Canada, in 1942.
One year ago today -- Bastille Day -- I released my debut novel The French Revolution on Twitter. It got some pretty good attention, and last fall I landed a traditional book deal with Soft Skull Press.