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38 Years on Books: The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader

For nearly four decades, Michiko Kakutani, who has decided to step down as chief book critic of The New York Times, has anointed new talent, charted the peaks and valleys of literary careers and memorialized writers when they’re gone. She has stayed up all night reading embargoed memoirs by …

Literature

We had to get beyond irony: How David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and a new generation of believers changed fiction

Irony, once the hipster’s favorite weapon, had become exhausted and rusted into cynicism. Enter “Infinite Jest”<p><b>Believing in stuff</b><p>The American 1990s saw the rise of a second popular eschatological vision, one primarily socioeconomic but no less millenarian in temper than the vision offered by "Left …

Inventions

'Inside Out' Screenwriter Talks About Collaborative Pixar Filmmaking Process

"You begin to shadow artists, which I think is incredibly dangerous. It's incredibly dangerous for the writer because you shouldn't be trying to even …

Filmmaking

My Writing Education: A Time Line

<b>February 1986</b><p>Tobias Wolff calls my parents’ house in Amarillo, Texas, leaves a message: I’ve been admitted to the Syracuse Creative Writing Program. I call back, holding <i>Back in the World</i> in my hands. For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and …

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The Not-Quite-Romance of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald

By Margaret Eby September 24, 2015<p><i>The not-quite-romance of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald.</i><p>Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald.<p>Some friendships hover between romantic and platonic, anchored to the latter by circumstance or fate. It’s a sitcom trope: the will-they-or-won’t-they couple, always teetering …

Literature

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Author Mary Karr has written three memoirs and is often credited with popularizing the genre, but she still jokes that hers is a "low-rent form."<p>"When I was in grad school, I remember Geoffrey Wolff saying [the memoir] was like inscribing the Lord's Prayer on a grain of rice," Karr tells <i>Fresh Air's</i> …

Literature

How bad was JM Barrie?

<i>This article was originally published 09 May 2015. Pan premieres this afternoon.</i><p>"May God blast anyone who writes a biography of me," declared JM Barrie, in a curse scrawled across the pages of one of his last notebooks. Since his death in 1937, this dire warning has not prevented a slew of writers …

literature

The Poetics of the Psyche: Adam Phillips on Why Psychoanalysis Is Like Literature and How Art Soothes the Soul<p>“Everybody is dealing with how much of their own aliveness they can bear and how much they need to anesthetize themselves.”<p>read article<p>Annie Dillard on the Art of the Essay and Narrative …

The Longform Guide to George Saunders by Joel Lovell, Patrick Dacey · Longform

A field study in Fresno.<p>A profile of Saunders as <i>Tenth of December</i> was published.<p>Saunders discusses his process.<p>Another short story from <i>Tenth of</i> …

Here Are All 49 of Our No. 1 Story Picks From This Year

Every week, Longreads sends out an email with our Top 5 story picks—so here it is, every single story that was chosen as No. 1 this year. If you like …

Joyce Carol Oates interview: portrait of a literary powerhouse

One of America's best writers, Joyce Carol Oates writes (and Tweets) at a relentless rate. But how did someone so gentle and birdlike become fixated with the darkest of human impulses?<p>Talking to Joyce Carol Oates feels like talking to a ghost. Oates, the writer of dozens of novels and thousands of …