Including titles by Percival Everett, Patricia Lockwood, and Elif Batuman.
The worst thing you can say about personal essayists is that they lack a personality. It’s the opposite with Diski.
I hesitate to call these stories essential, but they are full of optional delights.
Wenner said he started Rolling Stone to meet John Lennon; just as much, he wanted to be Lennon. He came as close as any magazine editor could.
“The best way to befriend famous people is to have no idea who they are. ”
The book is most interesting for the view it affords us of Eugenides absorbing various formal and topical trends.
Including works by Elif Batuman, J. M. Coetzee, and Joan Didion.
Veering into the past, she applies a surfeit of artifice in Manhattan Beach that erases the authenticity effects she intends.
It’s odd to see Philip Roth marshaled, too, to shore up a novel that reads like self-help.
His death marks a real historical threshold, the passing away of the generation of writers who turned modernism into a tradition.
Le Carré has always attributed his popularity to the fact that “I was writing for a public that was hooked on Bond and wanted an antidote.”
The book is a fractured bildungsroman, a gallery of alternate selves.
The present moment has created an ambient hunger for alternate realities.
The first novel by the 26-year-old Irish writer wears its influences on its sleeve.
The marriage plot has yielded to narratives centered on trauma, friendship, and artistic fulfillment.
It’s a novel of ideas, small, elegant ideas about art and protest, and one of the most striking literary works to emerge from the Occupy movement.
The Italian author’s new book does a lot of things you don’t see American novels do much of these days.
At age 61, Everett may have the lowest profile of any major American novelist now in his or her prime.
The Tree of Smoke author died this week at the age of 67.
In his new collection, he’s up to his old tricks again. But what are they, exactly? And how do they work?
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