MOST RECENT ARTICLES BY:

Sam Anderson

  1. 20 Philip Roth Books, RankedThe indispensable, the significant, the disposable, and everything in between.
  2. books
    Jonathan Franzen’s National Book Award Snub Was No Snub at AllAwards, notoriously, mean almost nothing — particularly in literature.
  3. let this be a lesson
    The Best Writing Advice of the Best Writing AdviceSam Anderson picks the top tips from the ‘Guardian”s survey of Will Self, Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, and more.
  4. job opportunities
    Dave Eggers: Best Editor for The Paris Review?A blogger cuts through the speculation on the venerable publication’s new editorship with a boldly counterintuitive idea.
  5. feeds
    Anderson: My Literary Twitter ExperimentSampling the text-stream.
  6. obits
    Anderson: A Second Chance for J.D. SalingerIt always struck me as unfair that ‘Catcher in the Rye’ got ghetto-ized as a slightly embarrassing young adult novel.
  7. best of 2009
    The Best Books of 2009Sam 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.
  8. book report
    Anderson on the Ultimate Summer ReadA web-wide book club is discussing ‘Infinite Jest’ from now until September.
  9. cheek by jowl
    Anderson: Poetry Month Showdown, Herrera vs. KleinzahlerThe thick-mustachioed activist against the grumpy contrarian!
  10. cheek by jowl
    Anderson: Poetry Month Showdown, Herrera vs. KleinzahlerThe thick-mustachioed activist against the grumpy contrarian!
  11. dfw
    Anderson: Wrestling With the Mini-Biography of David Foster WallaceOur book critic is of two minds about an epic ‘New Yorker’ article on the life and death of David Foster Wallace.
  12. obit
    Anderson: John Updike, EssayistHe was one of the greatest belletrists of all time — a master of the short, casual, elegant, whimsical, roving piece about absolutely anything.
  13. bolanopalooza
    Read an Excerpt From Roberto Bolaño’s New Poetry CollectionIf you want a Bolaño book that’s not going to tip your car over, ‘The Romantic Dogs’ has you covered.
  14. bolanopalooza
    Essential Bolaño: The Five Most Unskippable Passages in ‘2666’If you’re thinking of quitting, try one of these first. It might inspire you to settle in and read the rest.
  15. bolanopalooza
    Roberto Bolaño’s Five-Page Sentence: Read It Here First!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.’
  16. obit
    Sam Anderson Remembers David Foster WallaceLots 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.