The Oasis

Back in print after more than a decade, Mary McCarthy's biting and controversial roman à clef profiles a group of Cold War critics who flee to the New England countryside to form a utopian commune.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.