A middle-aged loser-ish writer struggling to shop his shockingly misanthropic third novel falls into a pit of literary despair but discovers that he has a natural talent for online poker.
New books this week from Jonathan Lethem, Alice McDermott and others. Also: creating better literary conversations, lying about reading books, and ending the publishing industry’s long war on technology.
Is Obama dissing indie bookstores? Why is self-publishing still scorned by literary awards? Why should anyone make words in the age of the image?
San Francisco singer-songwriter Dawn Oberg’s “Reconstruction” is our song of the month for August 2013.
Our staff’s late summer reading list includes titles from Masha Hamilton, Mark Kurlansky, Kate Zambreno, Tao Lin, Mary Ruefle, Matt Pine, Jesse Ball, Carol Shields, and more.
Bookslut has created “a monthly literary magazine, devoted to the strange and to the wise.” Also links to new books by Stephen Rodrick and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A wide open space to show off your original poetry, your favorite copyright-free poem, or any thoughts that you wish to share about poetry.
Notes on new books from Ron Rash and Emily Rapp, plus a well-deserved award nomination for a memoir.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a subtle meditation on art and the price it exacts from those who would seek its peaks, in the fascinating context of the sushi world.
The critical reception for Prometheus has stimulated an interesting and extended discussions regarding the film’s synthesis of religion, science, and society.
This month’s books include titles from Jared Diamond, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Laura Moriarty, Joe Bageant, Susannah Cahalan and many other unique voices.
The top ten books that I didn’t read this year include Hitchens’ Mortality, Ron Rash’s The Cove, and Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.