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Reviews & Essays

Green Girl

A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.

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Leavetaking

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn't enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

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Arts & Entertainments

A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.

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The Mad and the Bad

A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.

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Cataract City

A smash-mouth story of fraternity in dire straits, with the soul of gruff rock 'n' roll.

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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

An obsessive-compulsive love story with a taste for Dada asks readers to pay close attention.

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Song of the Shank

The true story of a nineteenth-century musical prodigy becomes a novel about the depths words can't fathom.

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Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek's Short Fiction

Two new collections display the writer's evanescent spellcraft.

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I'm Gone

The story of a gallery owner's life is a study in surfaces.

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I'll Be Right There

The author of Please Look After Mom turns to South Korea's turbulent 1980s in her new novel.

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The Book of Unknown Americans

Crossing the U.S.-Mexican border with a family living in the Land of Opportunity's shadows.

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Interviews

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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Lost for Words

A novelist shines mercilessly comic light on the insular world of literary prizes.

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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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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

A misanthropic dentist -- and all-around skeptic -- is pulled into the mystery of an ancient tribe of doubters.

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