The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

Snapping photos, finding Nigeria, and learning to write romance with the author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.

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True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

From Mel Brooks to the writers of The Onion, a host of comedy scribes talk about the tricks of their trade.

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Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Two young talents on home, gender, dachshunds, and the books they never expected to write.

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The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The "Pope of Trash" talks about hitting the road and discovering America in his hitchhiking adventure Carsick.

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The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

What's the line between a writer's life and a writer's truth?  Two novelists pursue the "$64,000 question."

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Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

The author of the beloved Easy Rawlins series on patrolling a bold new beat: the adult film industry.

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Despair and Ecstasy: Lily King on Euphoria

The novelist on how an episode torn from the life of Margaret Mead blossomed into a novel.

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Write Your Biggest Idea: Smith Henderson and Phillip Meyer

Two of today's best young writers - and sometime collaborators - on ambition, the separation anxiety of finishing a novel, and American history's dangerous frontiers.

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No Time for Boredom: Geoff Dyer Goes to Sea

The British essayist on his U.S. Navy immersion.

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Writing Towards Surprise: Bret Anthony Johnston and Jennifer duBois

Two young novelists on alligators, MFAs, and the dangers of confusing fiction with fact.

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Twice Upon a Time: Hari Kunzru

The author of Gods Without Men looks for the music -- and multiple souls -- of a city.

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The Art of the Bluff: Colson Whitehead and The Noble Hustle

A novelist goes in pursuit of risk and reward World Series of Poker.

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Jo Baker & Evie Wyld: Stepping Out of the Story

Two novelists on the obsessions that give birth to fiction.

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George Saunders: The Kind Side

The award-winning author on Zen monks, the man in Anton Chekhov's closet, and the commencement address that became his new book, Congratulations, by the way.

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I Always Prefer Books That Are Inevitable: David Grossman on "Falling Out of Time"

The author of To the End of the Land returns to the grief of losing a child, in a poignant and richly lyrical dirge.

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A Song in the Dark: Julia Glass

The National Book Award‑winning writer talks about her new novel, and some old friends' return.

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Sonic Boom: Trevor Cox and 'The Sound Book'

The acoustic engineering professor on how we hear, preserving our ears, and the pursuit of aural wonders.

 

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Rose-Colored Glasses: Kostya Kennedy on 'Pete Rose: An American Dilemma'

What have we learned from the tarnished legacy of one of baseball's greatest talents?

 

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Invisible Country: Phil Klay and Bill Cheng

Two of today's best young fiction writers on soldier's stories, the Delta blues, and walking the tightrope between terror and hilarity.

 

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Everything That Lives Is Holy: Susan Minot on Thirty Girls

A true story of abduction and terror inspired the novelist to strike out in a bold new direction.

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Surrender to the Wind: Sarah Lewis on The Rise

An exploration of the nature of creativity and innovation begins from the paradox of the archer.

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Pioneer Girl: Bich Minh Nguyen

Two writers capture the legacy of  Laura Ingalls Wilder in works of memoir and fiction.

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Beneath the Surface: Jeff VanderMeer on 'Annihilation'

An intrepid fabulist on the making of his new science fiction epic.

 

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"I Love to Travel Alone": Molly Antopol and Justin St. Germain on Writing to their Environment

Two new works of personal and public history from young writers share a powerful sense of place.

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The Summit: Rebecca Mead on My Life in Middlemarch

Why George Eliot's Victorian life still instructs -- and delights.

 

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Hang-Gliding with Gary Shteyngart

The celebrated novelist turns his darkly comic gaze on his own childhood.

 

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Wave of the Future: Chang-rae Lee

The author of On Such a Full Sea shares the genesis of his new work of dystopic fiction.

 

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Centaur Style: Clive Thompson on Smarter Than You Think

The strangest thing about the explosion of new technology might be the fact that we've been here before. 

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Gene Wolfe: No Comparison

A Grandmaster of Science Fiction offers his favorite folktale, and thoughts about the roots of his work.

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My Mistake: Daniel Menaker on What "Nobody Knows"

A legendary editor unveils life inside publishing and The New Yorker.

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July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).