The indispensable, the significant, the disposable, and everything in between.
Awards, notoriously, mean almost nothing — particularly in literature.
Sam Anderson picks the top tips from the ‘Guardian”s survey of Will Self, Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, and more.
A blogger cuts through the speculation on the venerable publication’s new editorship with a boldly counterintuitive idea.
Sampling the text-stream.
It always struck me as unfair that ‘Catcher in the Rye’ got ghetto-ized as a slightly embarrassing young adult novel.
Sam Anderson’s favorite books of the year range from the super-short stories of Lydia Davis to the mammoth work of William T. Vollmann. All have obsession in common.
A web-wide book club is discussing ‘Infinite Jest’ from now until September.
The thick-mustachioed activist against the grumpy contrarian!
Our book critic is of two minds about an epic ‘New Yorker’ article on the life and death of David Foster Wallace.
He was one of the greatest belletrists of all time — a master of the short, casual, elegant, whimsical, roving piece about absolutely anything.
If you want a Bolaño book that’s not going to tip your car over, ‘The Romantic Dogs’ has you covered.
If you’re thinking of quitting, try one of these first. It might inspire you to settle in and read the rest.
Read it for Bolaño’s obvious improvisational delight in keeping the sentence afloat, phrase by phrase — a skill the critic James Wood once compared to ‘someone punting a leaf.’
Lots of public figures organize their work around the demons that eventually take them down, but few of them ever do so with the apparent wisdom and self-awareness Wallace did.