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What Exactly Is a Man Crush?

Steven Petite | Posted 10.28.2014 | Comedy
Steven Petite

If you are a female reading this, chances are your significant other has a man crush on at least one male or more. These crushes do not mean that your man desires his man crush in the way he desires you, though.

Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone In Our Techno-Consumer Culture

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Jonathan Franzen is a novelist and author of "Freedom" and "The Corrections." He spoke with Nathan Gardels, editor of The WorldPost, about his most re...

Jennifer Weiner Is a Genius at Self-Promotion

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.

Not All Glitz and Glam: The Movies That Moved Me in 2013

Antonia Cereijido | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Antonia Cereijido

All the films I've mentioned deal with the idea of projection. The characters ask themselves: What kind of image am I projecting? How do people see me?

Biggest Literary Feuds Of 2013 | Posted by Rachel Arons | Posted 12.09.2013 | Books

As 2013 draws to a close, we give you our second-annual look at the scuffles, controversies, and feisty debates that have helped keep the literary wor...

Four Novelists on Their Favorite, Worst and Unintentionally Funny Tweets

TueNight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Who among us hasn't lost a few good hours to looking at the vacation pictures of someone you hardly remember from high school? You could have banged out a few pages in that time. Still, I have been surprised to find some very talented novelists who show up regularly in my Twitter feed.

He Gave Prague Castle the Bird

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

Life is Elsewhere is the title of a novel by the Czech, novelist, dissident and pornosopher Milan Kundera, The title was taken from an expression graf...

Snowden Didn't Take Away Our Privacy, But We Can Still Reclaim It

Gloria Yu | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Gloria Yu

In light of the fact that our behavior fails to align with our purported principles, we are compelled to reassess the value of privacy to American life and what we can do if we hope to reclaim it.

Name-Callers, Deniers and Writer Sexism: Which Side Are You On, Guys?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Why do some folks get in such an uproar when women simply ask for a fair shake, equal footing? Why does anyone think women writers are exempt from institutional sexism?

The Rise of the New Book

Jeff Klima | Posted 11.27.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

So desperate and hungry were people for accessible fiction that "speaks their language," they turned a bastardized Twilight f**kfest fan-fiction turnip into a pop culture phenomenon. Imagine how well something as sexy as a contemporary Tropic of Cancer or Lolita would do in this day and age?

14 Authors Behaving Badly

Posted 09.06.2013 | Books

Writers are certainly not stereotyped as being the easiest people to work with, and it's no secret that many are outspoken about their political opini...

The Year I Stopped Reading Men

Anna Szymanski | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Anna Szymanski

It was like when you turn on a TV set after spending a significant period of time streaming television online. Suddenly, you're covering your ears and asking why those Kia hamsters can't play a different song. You never used to notice the commercials, but now they're all you can hear.

Movie Review: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Philip Roth may be our greatest living writer. So why would he give himself over to filmmakers who would make a movie as dull, superficial and pedantic as Philip Roth: Unmasked?

Never Enough

Peter Mehlman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

Somehow, after 236 years under spacious skies, we've reached a place where having it all only accents what we lack. The shortfalls of our lives glint in the corner of our eyes and rather than look away, we sit and discount our blessings.

Jonathan Franzen Commits Act Of Thanksgiving At Hurricane Relief Event

Posted 11.22.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- Jonathan Franzen gave a reading. With an ordinary author, that would be pretty unremarkable. With the notoriously prickly, Twitter-hating ...

How Good Is The Franzen Play?

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 10.25.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Once you get past the challenging beginning of the Transport Group's otherwise enjoyable new work based on Jonathan Franzen's quirky essay...

Interview With Jami Attenberg, Author of The Middlesteins

Teddy Wayne | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

Jami Attenberg is publishing what is poised to be her breakout novel, The Middlesteins, a multigenerational saga about the titular family and their oft-contentious relationship with food.

Against Michiko Kakutani: A Defense of Mark Helprin

Pietros Maneos | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Pietros Maneos

To me, Michiko Kakutani's latest review is emblematic of the ongoing cultural war between those adhering to the tenets of modernity: irony, cynicism, minimalism; and those who obstinately refuse to bow before these pestiferous ideals, those who honor beauty, truth and emotion. Kakutani obviously falls into the former.

PHOTOS: Arists And Writers Host Benefit For Obama

Posted 07.02.2012 | New York

Acclaimed writers Jonathan Franzen And Jonathan Safran along with many of the city's established artists gathered at the Paula Cooper Gallery on Thurs...

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

When Literary Characters Aren't Stereotypical

Dave Astor | Posted 08.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Who are your favorite non-stereotypical literary characters?

In Praise of Flawed Women

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Ann Bauer

During the long year that The Forever Marriage was circulating, I sought out portraits of imperfect but redeemable women.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 04.24.2012 | Books

"Farther Away" by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00 Published on April 24, 2012 What is it about? "Farther Away" is the seven...

Smartphone Addiction: Why I'm Putting the Phone Down

Susan Conley | Posted 06.07.2012 | Women
Susan Conley

The sneaky thing that my Smartphones does is make me feel like every hour of every day is the absolutely most perfect time in the world to get my email. Except it's not.

What Lady Gaga Can Teach Jonathan Franzen About Twitter

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.12.2012 | Media
Christina Patterson

Lady Gaga and Jonathan Franzen have quite a lot in common. They're both famous. They're also both artists, the kind of artists other artists want to be. But there's one thing they don't have in common, and that's a love of Twitter.