[…] is among the most unusual, and most extreme, in a literary career that has often been marked by its unpredictability. ...more
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Bruce Bauman discusses his latest book,
Broken Sleep, why rock isn’t dead (yet), how humor makes life bearable, and why we should reinstate the draft. ...more
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Rewriting the classics has become a stale and risk-averse strategy. But that shouldn’t spoil the fun of our larger culture of remixing.
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Novelist Joshua Cohen gives an interview, digital, about his new novel, paper, but also digital, about the Internet, digital, subsuming the novel, even his novel, best on paper,
Book of Numbers. ...more
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Mark Danielewski talks about the “maddening energy of violence” and why he’s writing a 27–volume novel, starting with his first 850-page installment in the series,
The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May. ...more
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At The Millions, Jonathan Russell Clark ruminates on the idea of the epigraph. Over the past decade, Clark has kept a Word document filled with quotes from literature, and the amassed 30,000 words, he admits, are less for insight and inspiration than a source of potential epigraphs for his own work. Clark analyzes several epigraphs […]
Set in the 1840s Midwest, Kris Saknussemm’s second novel, Enigmatic Pilot, delivers unexpected characters in a surreal interpretation of American history.