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Interviews

Amitava Kumar

The novelist and critic discusses the "ecology of terror" and the challenge of writing with honesty.

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Reviews & Essays

Best Friends Forever

Why are women's friendships so inadequately caught in the pages of books? asks Jessa Crispin.

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Reviews & Essays

Juan the Landless

The Spanish novelist updates his 1975 novel, which explores the half-century impact of his country's devastating civil war.

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Reviews & Essays

In Rough Country

Facing personal loss, the prolific novelist turns to the books and authors that have fired her life's work. Read more...

Reviews & Essays

A Lost King

A long-out-of-print American classic that played the familiar melody of a family struggle in an exuberant new key.

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Reviews & Essays

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

A stimulating exploration of the motives that have driven people to find other authors for Shakespeare's plays.

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Reviews & Essays

Fear and Delight: The Fiction of Shirley Jackson

Helen Oyeyemi on why the enigmatic author of "The Lottery" retains her grip on the dark side of our imaginations.

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In Brief

J. G. Farrell in His Own Words

The collected letters and diaries of a great novelist, lost in his prime.

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Reviews & Essays

Prefaces to Shakespeare

An introduction to each and every one of Shakespeare's plays, offered by one of their most sensitive readers.

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Reviews & Essays

Jane's Fame

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a literary titan. But why?

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Reviews & Essays

The Masterpiece Has No Clothes

Naked Lunch at 50: Does Burroughs’ classic of cut-up lit add up?

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Reviews & Essays

Girls of Lonely Means

A poet's death sparks a meditation on fiction, longing, and solitude.

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In Brief

Small Press Spotlight: Soft Skull Press

Punk brashness meets literary ambition in this most unusual and influential of small publishers.

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In Brief

Small Press Spotlight: Graywolf

The diverse catalog of one of the longest-lived among "indie" publishers.

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In Brief

Small Press Spotlight: Underland

In the first of several features on small publishing houses, Paul Di Filippo looks at the eclectic output of Underland Press Read more...

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