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Jeffrey Eugenides

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?

City on a Hill: An Expat Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombings

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Nicholas

Boston sends its graduates off steeped in a history of tenacious optimism particularly helpful in countering potentially dispiriting facts.

What Makes A Great Short Story?

Posted 10.19.2012 | Books

Short stories, when done well, can be perfect narratives, captured in miniature. So when The Paris Review recently released their new book, Object Les...

'The Casual Vacancy' Is Not the Only Novel That Includes Politicians!

Dave Astor | Posted 09.27.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With the often-ridiculous U.S. presidential race in full swing, there's at least a 47 percent chance you'd like to forget about politicians for a few hours by immersing yourself in a novel. But be careful which novel you choose, because some of them feature ... politicians!

Jeffrey Eugenides: Jodi Picoult Is 'Belly-Aching'

Posted 09.27.2012 | Books

In an interview with Salon, Jeffery Eugenides said he is "surprised" that author Jodi Picoult is "belly-aching" over the rift between male and female ...

PHOTOS: Vogue's Edith Wharton Photo Shoot Features Famous Authors

Posted 08.30.2012 | Books

For Vogue's September issue, their team trekked to The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, for a literary-inspired photo shoot phot...

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

I Loved My MFA But Did It Make Me Hate Everything Else?

Elizabeth Tannen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Tannen

As writers, we need to be aware of the ways in which our work can be read; weeding out the useful from the non-useful is an important skill, as is reading closely for what might be improved. But it can be a slippery slope.

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.

Summer Reading Part 4: Split Narrative In 'The Marriage Plot'

James Franco | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
James Franco

In The Marriage Plot, Eugenides alternates between two protagonists as they wind through their lives toward each other. By braiding these two protagonists together, he is able to link them emotionally.

Summer Reading, Part 3: Remembering the Lovely Details of The Virgin Suicides

James Franco | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment
James Franco

The extensive detailing that gives the novel its raison d'être makes me think of Vladimir Nabokov --- especially since Nabokov, in Lolita, was as eager as Eugenides is here to mix pop-culture references and incredibly apt metaphors.

The Real Value of a College Education

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Yesterday, it happened. A student hit me with the question that many educators dread, "When are we ever going to use this in life?"

Why Male Authors Are More Successful Than Female Authors

Pamela Redmond Satran | Posted 04.17.2012 | Books
Pamela Redmond Satran

It would be as comforting as it is infuriating to believe that, but I'm not so sure. It's not so much that Jonathan Franzen is eating my lunch, I'm afraid, as that he's eating the lunch I should be eating, could be eating, but, through my own damn fault, have not been freaking eating.

On the Women of Freedom and The Marriage Plot

Sabina Murray | Posted 04.07.2012 | Books
Sabina Murray

Literary novels like The Marriage Plot and Freedom that reach a broad a readership are rare cultural opportunities to create dialogue about the societies represented within, the people represented within, and the women represented within.

The Marriage Plot -- An Ordinary Year in the Life of Three Liberal Arts Graduates?

Daniel Kessel | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Daniel Kessel

The Marriage Plot, written in an age where the meaning of marriage has diminished ambiguously, and where the novel is an obsolete art form, establishes for itself an impossible task: to surmount its own uselessness.

Memorable Books Of 2011

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.02.2012 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Languishing on a beach chair in my winter outpost by a turquoise sea, I have only books on my mind. Here are a few that have pleased and provoked.

Please, Just Get Married Already: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 02.26.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The Marriage Plot is entertaining but I was hoping for more substance in a novel that is being hailed as a literary classic in the making.

Traveling Magazine Sets Anchor In Detroit

Posted 11.29.2011 | Detroit

The nomadic creative publication Boat magazine recently released its second issue -- with Detroit as theme and temporary home base. The magazine is...

The Marriage Plot: Why We Love It

Posted 12.11.2011 | Women

The Book: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides Why We Love It: Eugenides takes the love triangle of 19th century novels and reimagines it on an I...

Jeffery Eugenides On Love And Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 02.16.2012 | Books

If you walk through Times Square in New York right now, you'll be met with a rare site: a book-themed billboard. A stern-faced Jeffery Eugenides strid...

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

As usual, fall is when the big guns come out. Exciting novels by major writers like Ha Jin, Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides and Russell Banks.

Karen O's Reveals Her Psychotic Opera, Bjork Gets App-y

Posted 12.10.2011 | Home

Monday, October 10 The "Bored to Death" boys return for more nutty adventures and man love. Tune in at 9 p.m. on HBO. Tuesday, October 11...

Fifteen of This Millennium's Top Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

These aren't necessarily the best novels of the past 11 years, because there are acclaimed books I've yet to read.

Amazon Editors' Top 10 Fall Books

Posted 10.09.2011 | Books

Amazon.com has announced a top ten list of books for the fall. Chris Schluep, a Senior Editor at Amazon.com books, calls it "one of the best seasons f...

Author Punched In The Face

Posted 09.24.2011 | Books

On Sunday, The New York Post reported that Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffrey Eugenides was attacked on a New Jersey train on his way home from Ma...