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Interviews

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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Interviews

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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University Presses

Julian Hawthorne: The Life of a Prodigal Son

The dissolute -- and fascinating -- life of a literary icon's child.

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The Speculator

The Weirdness

A slacker, a deal with the devil, and a lucky cat.

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Reviews & Essays

Next Life Might Be Kinder

A husband's grief over his wife's death leads to an unsettling set of possibilities.

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Interviews

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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Interviews

Jo Baker & Evie Wyld: Stepping Out of the Story

Two novelists on the obsessions that give birth to fiction.

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Reviews & Essays

Down the Hatch

Even the ancients liked their bar snacks.

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Reading in Common

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Espionage, obsession, and betrayal in the demimonde of pre-WWII Paris.

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Reviews & Essays

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip

A dark comedy captures the tension and suspense of seventh grade conformity.

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Interviews

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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A Reading Life

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

The New Yorker cartoonist confronts the inevitable in this graphic memoir.

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Crime and Punishment

All the Birds, Singing

A stranger's arrival disturbs a sheep farm's isolation.

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Reading Romance

Winning the Lottery

When outsize wealth stands in the way of love, therein lies a tale.

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Reviews & Essays

Ruby

One southern woman's haunting story recalls the works of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.

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