Literary Fiction

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The Deserts Bloom

The Deserts Bloom

A YOUNG MAN of wealth and creative inclination moves to a new neighborhood, where he finds the time and space to pursue his art — we know this one. Soon developers are nosing around, property values...

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...

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 ...

No Bible Without the Devil

No Bible Without the Devil

JUST AFTER ONE in the morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2004, two teenage cellmates at the Preston Youth Correctional Facility in Ione, California, were found hanged from their bedframe by the...

I Spy: Unraveling the Secrets of Adulthood

I Spy: Unraveling the Secrets of Adulthood

[Note: We've simultaneously published a video interview with Mona Simpson at the LA Times Festival of Books] CHILDREN ARE forever trying to unlock the codes and secrets of the adult world, and, bef...

Inadvertent Cruelty

Inadvertent Cruelty

IN ONE OF HIS childhood’s grimmer chapters, the novelist Colm Tóibín and his younger brother, Niall — ages eight and four, respectively — were left to stay with their aunt while their mother ...

Stream of Pre-Consciousness

Stream of Pre-Consciousness

“Please tell me you love me. You sleep. You sleeping. When I know. I think your face the very best. When we were we were we were young. When you were little and I was girl. Once upon a time.” (A G...

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...

Portrait of a Ghost

Portrait of a Ghost

SIGIZMUND KRZHIZHANOVSKY may be the best-known unknown writer of his generation. Since the discovery of his manuscripts in the late 1970s, his fiction has appeared in multiple editions in Russian, Fre...