Literary Fiction

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You Got Pages?

You Got Pages?

 “IF YOU WANT TO WRITE,” my friend Josh Miller said, “go to Les Plesko at UCLA Extension. He’s the best.” It was 1996, Josh was 19 and about to publish his novel The Mao Game with Morrow...

In the Trenches with Hybrid at AWP 2014

In the Trenches with Hybrid at AWP 2014

This is the first in a series of posts by Jessica Dewberry on the literary life. ¤ BACK IN SEPTEMBER, I included the word hybrid in front of the word writer on my Twitter and Facebook profiles. As ...

This Endanger'd Isle

This Endanger'd Isle

FROM TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ON, the British have produced a series of novels that address empire and its downward trajectory in the most pointed and humane terms, even if the decline is tangential or offst...

Compulsive Individuality

Compulsive Individuality

RELEASED TO GREAT fanfare in 2007, Joshua Ferris’s debut novel Then We Came to the End looked in some ways like an attack on the American worker’s tendency to offer one’s soul to the company. ...

War and Insurgency

War and Insurgency

IT’S EASY to understand why David Bellos and his publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, chose to bring out the French author Daniel Anselme’s debut novel On Leave in its first English translation. ...

Proust’s Love. From Paris to Los Angeles.

Proust’s Love. From Paris to Los Angeles.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I visited Los Angeles — the first time I truly visited LA, in the same way as you visit friends, as a place where you feel at home, but not quite. I was struck by something...

The Pleasures and Perils of Reading Jim Krusoe

The Pleasures and Perils of Reading Jim Krusoe

Spinner gave me a funny look. [...] “The yogurt business is not for sissies Jonathon, but if you treat it well it will treat you well in turn.” — Jim Krusoe, Girl Factory, Tin House Press, 2008...

Acting with Integrity

Acting with Integrity

EVEN IF IT WEREN'T Christmastime, when Charles Dickens’s name conjures up the most benevolent and cheerfully sentimental associations, The Invisible Woman, a “biopic” with remarkable fidelity t...