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Death of a Revolutionary

Shulamith Firestone helped to create a new society. But she couldn’t live in it.<p>When Shulamith Firestone’s body was found late last August, in her studio apartment on the fifth floor of a tenement walkup on East Tenth Street, she had been dead for some days. She was sixty-seven, and she had battled …

“Most contemporary literary fiction is terrible”

An acclaimed writer wants his students to read more new fiction. They shouldn’t. Most of it is really bad<p>In a recent piece on the Review Review, Dan Chaon writes about the need for young writers of literary fiction to emulate their counterparts in music, and develop an obsessive interest in the …

Margaret Atwood on ‘Positron’, Writing Habits, and Her Pre-Feminism Feminism

So many queendoms, Margaret Atwood has, and so few rivals. Every Western reader knows her name, and nobody’s wrong, when they hear it, to think of …

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Writing a book isn't supposed to be fun

As I write, I couldn't claim, quite, that my fingers are dancing across the keyboard. But they are making their way at a stately pace appropriate to …

Ben-Hur and Lew Wallace: How the scapegoat of Shiloh became one of the best-selling novelists in American history.

<i>You can also listen to John Swansburg read this piece using the player below:</i><p>I.<p>Lew Wallace was making conversation with the other gentlemen in his …

FUNNY WOMEN #98: Classic Novels Rejected by Modern Publishing Houses

Dear Ms. Austen,<p>Thank you for considering us as a potential publisher for your manuscript, <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>.<p>Unfortunately, we do not feel that your …

Why ebooks are a different genre from print

Most readers, I think, will by now have seen the "Medieval Helpdesk" sketch from Norweigan TV, where an exasperated monk requires assistance to start …

Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life by Adam Rutherford – review

The molecule DNA is a double helix in which the strands run in opposite directions. So how better to celebrate our growing confidence in …

Sylvie Baumgartel, “Picnic with Mom.” #Poetry from issue 204, Spring 2013.

History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized

<i>“Genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly,”</i> Victorian novelist Amelia E. Barr reflected in her 9 rules for success. But what, exactly, <i>is</i> genius? In their latest project, Italian visualization wizard Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who have previously given us …

Authors’ Funniest Responses to the Film Adaptations of Their Work

Novels have always been fodder for filmmakers, but it seems as though the adaptation pace has been amped up in recent years (and even in recent …

Unnatural Creatures

<i>Unnatural Creatures</i> is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved <i>New</i> …

Paris Review - Saul Bellow, The Art of Fiction No. 37

Interviewed by Gordon Lloyd Harper<p>Issue 36, Winter 1966<p>Drawing by Rosalie Seidler.<p>The interview “took place” over a period of several weeks. Beginning with some exploratory discussions during May of 1965, it was shelved during the summer, and actually accomplished during September and October. Two …

Literature

Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the 20th Century – review

Eric Hobsbawm was the best-known and most celebrated historian of the 20th century, not just in Britain but all over the world. His major works, four …

Surprising Children’s Book Authors

Sylvia Plath wrote a children’s book…and apparently Jim Carrey is going to as well?<p>Brain Pickings has scans of the text and charming illustrations of …