Dan Pinkerton

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George Saunders and the Question of Greatness

I think it might mostly be the way <b>George Saunders</b> puzzles things aloud, but there was, I don’t know, just <i>something</i> about listening to him defend the …

Mary Karr: David Foster Wallace and I kept each other alive

<b>Mary Karr</b><p>The memoirist dishes on their friendship, James Frey and the conceit of the tortured artist<p>Nina Puro<p>May 23, 2013 4:01pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Fix.<p>In today’s saturated memoir market, Mary Karr’s still sizzle. <i>The Liars' Club</i>, detailing her tough Texan …

20 Highbrow Books to Read on the Beach This Summer

For even the most seasoned of book nerds, a trip to the beach can raise some difficult questions. After all, you don’t want to waste your precious …

Is Jonathan Franzen More Like John Lennon or Paul McCartney?

<i>Author Benjamin Nugent shares the sneakily experimental passage of</i> The Corrections <i>that influenced his new novel,</i> Good Kids<i>.</i><p>Doug McLean<p><i>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</i><p>Sometimes a novel's power doesn't fully register the first …

It wasn't always called "Return of the Jedi" and 24 more things you (probably) didn't know about "Star Wars: Episode VI," in honor of its 30th anniversary. Read more: http://aol.it/12t88s0

David Cross on the New Arrested Development Season and the Real-Life Inspirations for Tobias

Seven years after <i>Arrested Development</i>was tragically ejected from the Fox lineup, the zany Mitch Hurwitz comedy resurfaces on Sunday with a fourth season—all 15 episodes of which will be released at the same time on Netflix. In keeping with <i>Arrested Development</i> tradition, the new installments—which …