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  • Review: 'The Dream of the Great American Novel' by Lawrence Buell

    Review: 'The Dream of the Great American Novel' by Lawrence Buell
    This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
  • The great American novel? What's that?

    The great American novel? What's that?
    Can we finally get beyond the Great American Novel? It’s the fantasy of an earlier America, like Manifest Destiny. And yet, to read Harvard professor Lawrence Buell’s “American Literature’s Holy Grail: Franzen, DFW and the Hunt for...
  • See the new trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    "Catching Fire," the second book in Suzanne Collins' young adult series "The Hunger Games," was published by Scholastic in 2009. Back then, it landed on every bestseller list you might imagine, and it's poised to return when the film version arrives in...
  • McSweeney's publishing archive acquired by Austin's Ransom Center

    McSweeney's publishing archive acquired by Austin's Ransom Center
    For 15 years, Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing enterprise has helped readers discover all things cool and quirky. On Wednesday, the Harry Ransom Center, the humanities library at the University of Texas, announced that it has acquired the archive of...
  • The Millions looks at the year ahead in books

    The Millions looks at the year ahead in books
    The year 2014 is a banner one for big readers. That's according to the readers at the Millions, whose editors have compiled a list of the books they're looking forward to -- 89 titles in all. Think about that for a moment: 89 titles. I bet you didn't...
  • William T. Vollmann, Unabomber suspect, opens his FBI file

    William T. Vollmann, Unabomber suspect, opens his FBI file
    Literary fans know William T. Vollmann as a National Book Award-winning author; the FBI knew him as Unabomber suspect S-2047. In the September issue of Harper's, Vollmann explores his FBI file in a brilliant, chilling essay about America and privacy,...
  • The FBI kept its own notes on 'dirty old man' Charles Bukowski

    The FBI kept its own notes on 'dirty old man' Charles Bukowski
    The FBI had its own notes on "dirty old man" Charles Bukowski. The writer was investigated by the agency as a civil servant with ties to the underground press -- and for being a self-described "dirty old man." Recently National Book Award-winning author...
  • Why are writers being curbed by NSA surveillance?

    Why are writers being curbed by NSA surveillance?
    PEN American Center’s report “Chilling Effects,” officially released Tuesday morning, offers some disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance on free expression and self-censorship in the literary world. Of more than...
  • Some notes on the National Book Awards

    Some notes on the National Book Awards
    On Wednesday night, the National Book Awards were presented at a black-tie dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. “The Oscars of the Book World,” host Mika Brzezinski called it, although, as Fran Lebowitz once sniffed, “It’...
  • Enlisting novelists to rewrite Shakespeare: A losing proposition?

    Enlisting novelists to rewrite Shakespeare: A losing proposition?
    Shakespeare’s plays will become contemporary novels, as the transatlantic Hogarth Press, an imprint of Random House, has announced it is commissioning prominent writers to adapt the Elizabethan plays.  So far, the Guardian reports, Anne Tyler...
  • Book calendar events for the week of March 13, 2011

    Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY 826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: A series of panel discussions featuring industry professionals will cover multiple aspects of writing for television. Panelists include Emily Cutler,...
  • Literary journalism finds new platforms

    Literary journalism finds new platforms
    When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went to Japan this spring to report on the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant from inside the contamination zone, he did what any journalist would do. He bought a dosimeter to chart the...