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Q: Unlike their subjects, literary biographies have a terrible tendency to fall rapidly out of favor -- and out of print. Boswell on Johnson and Trotsky on Stalin are still on the shelves, but where can I find Cross on Sterne? Or Clutterbuck on Wordsworth?
That “Laura Bush” Novel…
Amitav Ghosh’s Floating Berlitz Tape
More fun than learning a new language: Reading one.
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What’s in a Name?
Writers talk about what they almost called their books.
29. Because a Once-Notorious Mental Hospital Is Now a Publishing House.
28. Because St. Mark’s Bookshop Lives.
The Confidence Artist
Jhumpa Lahiri isn’t afraid to provoke tears, or calls of déjà vu.
The Rise of the Cliffs Notes Musical
After a season of shows based on the back catalogues of Elvis and John Lennon, this year’s musical-makers are borrowing from the greatest stories ever told.
After ‘De La Guarda,’ le Déluge
In the Most Competitive Oscar Season Ever, Bloggers Are Keeping Score
They’re a motley and contentious lot, comprising shameless advocates, stats-obsessed would-be Nate Silvers, and seasoned journalists.
Pigging Out With Writers Gary Shteyngart and Chang-rae Lee
Eating, drinking, and talking shop with the longtime friends, each with a new book out today.
28. Because a Wildly Ambitious 900-Page New York Novel Can Still Be a Really Big Deal—a $2 Million Deal
The Cool in Her: The Flamethrowers Author Rachel Kushner Willfully Stands Apart
Speaking with the novelist behind this year's number one book.
The Cool in Her
As a novelist who’s made it to the innermost sanctum of the literary world, Rachel Kushner willfully stands apart.
Wizard in Residence: Ian McKellen Does Double Duty on Broadway
With fellow knight Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s psychic slugfest, No Man’s Land.
Did the National Book Awards’ Bet on the Bigtime Pay Off Last Night?
What's on the line isn't the $10,000 prize.
All Conspiracy Theories Are Connected
The Nazis Came From Middle Earth (and Possibly Still Live There)
The Vril Society / Middle Earth, Nazi Germany, and Suburban New Jersey / 1871-present
Here’s Everything We Know About Garth Risk Hallberg’s 900-page, $2 Million Debut Novel
City of Fire is a big book in every way.