The Decade in Literature
Ten years of literary innovation, fudged memoirs, and digital reading.
The Aughts saw the birth of readerly social networking, a...
Saving Poetry (and Poetry)
A holiday shout-out to the Tudors, independent magazines, and charitable giving.
I have been going through a Tudor phase. It started when I...
Schoolhouse Rock and Beyond
What we don't know about early America
Sometimes I think my conception of Revolutionary America was imprinted on my brain by...
Off to the Poe Houses
Halloween + Literature = Edgar Allan Poe, right?
If you would like to get to know the author better this weekend, you have an...
The SAT and Its Discontents
What could we gain by abandoning the test's timed essay? Better writers.
"Although most people's goal is to be happy at all...
The Culture of the Interrobang
Is the combination question mark and exclamation point a sign of the times?
On Monday I discovered the interrobang, and I have...
Dictation and Generosity
Richards Powers wrote his new novel by dictation. Does that affect the quality?
Richard Powers' new novel, Generosity, was...
The Speed Writing Movement
Tina Brown's new imprint will focus on fast books. Can they stack up?
Speed writing seems to be the flavor of the week. First...
The Dan Brown Diversion
Some say 2009 will be the novel's best year ever-no thanks to The Lost Symbol.
What makes literary news? A new Dan Brown...
A Working Class Hero Is Harder to Be
Why aren't there more novels about America's workers?
When I am looking for a smart discussion about literature in the books blogosphere, my...