Displaying articles for: March 2013

Curious and Hopeful: A Conversation with Tournament of Books Judges Elliott Holt and Lev Grossman

The authors on the state of literary criticism, "discoverability," and where they find great fiction.


Discard Studies: Robin Nagle on Garbage, Sanitation, and the History of Waste

The author of Picking Up takes our "cornucopia of commodities" to the curb.



Silent Epidemic: An Interview with Katherine Bouton

The author of Shouting Won't Help on hearing loss, the arts, and the causes of our increasingly louder world.


Talking Tournament: Rosecrans Baldwin, Andrew Womack, Kevin Guilfoile, and John Warner

The ringleaders of the annual Tournament of Books unveil the history of the coveted Rooster.


Working Woman: An Interview with Marisa Silver

The author of Mary Coin on photography, teenagers, and writing a new kind of biography.


I View Readers as Participants: Mohsin Hamid on Writing in the Second Person

The author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia discusses his choice of a narrative point of view.


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.