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American Fiction

Beautiful Dystopia: A New Novel Reveals the Light Amid Russia's Darkness

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.

Borneo

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

Why Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' Is The Most Overrated Recent Novel

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Jonathan Franzen has written a poignant book about coming of age in the Midwest of the 1970s, the discontents of family, searching for identity in a p...

Short Stories

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

A short story is like a toothache and you must drill it and fill it. A novel is more like bridgework.

The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Are the writers receiving the major awards and official recognition really the best writers today? Or are they overrated mediocrities with little claim to recognition by posterity?

The New Henry Miller Speaks Out: Interview With Eric Miles Williamson, Author of 'Welcome to Oakland'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What I tell my students is this: Don't read any living American writers. If you're going to read any American writers at all, only read dead ones. That way you can be sure you're not wasting your time.

The Best Post-9/11 Novel: Huffington Post Interviews Teddy Wayne, Author of "Kapitoil"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

"We angle down to New York City, and the skyscrapers of Manhattan aggregate like tall flowers in a garden and the grids of orange lights look like LED...

Announcing the Death of the Post-9/11 Novel

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

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).

Interview with Calvert Morgan, Editor of Harper Perennial: Harper Perennial's Role in the Current Resurgence in American Fiction

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We discussed how Harper Perennial maintains a unique sensibility despite the large number of titles, and the prospects for fiction writing amid the rapid changes in the publishing industry.

Exit Ghost, Enter Roth: A Review of The Humbling

Anna Dubenko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anna Dubenko

In The Humbling's three fantastic acts, the reader is thrown into a dramatic maelstrom, which has but one Chekovian outcome and raises many novel questions.

The Philip Roth Reader: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

In the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in college I got a postcard from a boy in my sociology class. It read something like this: "Please, read Goodbye, Columbus right now."

Philip Roth On The Humbling, The Internet, And Nora Roberts

The Wall Street Journal | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At 76, Mr. Roth continues to explore the themes that have defined his work: the eroding of family ties; man's struggle with depression and loneliness ...

The Meritless Nobel Prize?

Scott Tomford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Scott Tomford

Thursday morning, somebody will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature... and that somebody probably won't be American.