Novelists didn't have to think much in the way of plot. 9/11 happened before, during, or after, to change everything (as Bush and Ashcroft had it, the world changed, nothing was the same after 9/11).
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No novel better captures the background dread of everyday life these days -- terrorism jitters, credit-default swaps, mutant flu strains -- than Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland".
Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence will be interpreted by clueless reviewers as one about "obsession," just as they might view Nabokov's Lolita to be about "pedophilia."
After having finished Netherland, I can see why President Obama added it to his reading list. Aside from being extraordinarily well-written, it's a pa...
In an interview for the upcoming issue of the New York Times magazine, the president said he's grown tired of briefing books and has been spending his...
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