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Muriel Spark

How I Started Writing About Humor

Gina Barreca | Posted 10.06.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

As I started writing about humor and women I was also learning to be more confident about being a funny woman.

In Praise of Professor Protagonists

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

I like novels starring professors because they bring back memories of the ones I had in college.

One and Done (for Now) After Reading Certain Novelists

Dave Astor | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Of course, not reading more of an author is a no-brainer when you thoroughly dislike the first novel you try by him or her. But things get trickier when you have some positive feelings about a book, as I did with The Magnificent Ambersons.

Twain, Salinger, Kafka ...

guardian.co.uk | Nicholas Royle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Their writings help us see in different and remarkable ways the extent to which literature and telephones are in cahoots. When the phone starts ringin...

Is Shirley Jackson One Of The Greatest American Writers?

Salon | Andrew O'Hehir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Shirley Jackson Awards for excellence in "literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" were awarded over the weekend, and...

Lost Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

J. G. Farrell and Muriel Spark were among the authors shortlisted Thursday for an unusual take on Britain's most prestigious literary award, the Booke...