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November 28, 2005
Young Gun

A Nigerian plutocrat straight out of Harvard talks about the murderous school-age narrator of his first novel.

November 21, 2005
Handicapping the National Book Awards

Publishing’s Oscars have traded last year’s obscurantism for a new affinity—historical novels about real people—and Norman Mailer is getting the lifetime-achievement award. The lineup, the backstory, and the likely outcome.

November 21, 2005
'Tis a Sequel

Frank McCourt talks about his years as a city public-school teacher—and crafting the perfect pickup line.

November 14, 2005
Last Exit to Baghdad

The first soldier memoirs and a sweeping history describe a war unlike any we’ve ever known.

November 14, 2005
It's Super Mayor!

In 'Ex Machina,' a crime fighter is elected to City Hall. Sure, he can fly. But could he beat Bloomberg?

October 24, 2005
Roman à Clef Watch!

A spate of real people turn up in recent novels.

October 17, 2005
The Reading List

What five New Yorkers read for a week, from personal ads to Georges Bataille’s The Unfinished System of Non-Knowledge.

October 17, 2005
Whodunit?

The rebranding of Ruth Rendell.

October 10, 2005
When Everything Changes

Joan Didion on John, Quintana, her devastating memoir, and her persistent critics.

October 3, 2005
The Gist: 'The Diviners'

The Basic Plot of Rick Moody's 'The Diviners.'

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