June, 1, 2011
Hans Keilson dies at 101
Francine Prose: "The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key are masterpieces, and Hans Keilson is a genius [...] Rarely have such harrowing narratives been related with such wry, off-kilter humor, and in so quiet a whisper. Read these books and join me in adding him to the list, which each of us must compose on our own, of the world’s very greatest writers." More...
May, 13, 2011
Francine Prose has written a novel about the American Dream
"I am never going to do another book of nonfiction again as long as I live."
April, 6, 2011
To tweet or not to tweet
February, 24, 2011
The deeper reasons for the appeal of Mad Men.
January, 20, 2011
Is it possible to write a philosophical novel?
December, 24, 2010 (brushup)
Dos and don'ts for writing fiction
Margaret Atwood: "Essentially ou're on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine."
December, 10, 2010
Murakami's famous love story turned into a movie
Film adaptation of Norwegian Wood 23 years after the book first enraptured readers with its themes of love, loss and mental illness.
December, 6, 2010
Do pyschologists make better novelists?
November, 21, 2010
Interview with novelist and psychoanalyst Hans Keilson, 77 years after his debut
"Music is always written in a major and a minor key: they need each other to make the right sound. It's the same with sadness and happiness."
November, 14, 2010
What keeps aspiring novelists who will probably never be published working?
November, 6, 2010
Nadine Gordimer: "The process of writing fiction is totally unconscious"
"It is the process of what it means to be a human being; how you react and are reacted upon, these inward and outer pressures."
November, 6, 2010
Nietzsche, in Julian Young’s biography, was a likable sort of guy
"Nietzsche would have hated the war on terror and the mass hysteria over the death of Princess Di. He would have opposed the invasion of Iraq and would have shunned the neo-cons and supported the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament."
November, 5, 2010
Why have religious authors gone on a crusade for Harry Potter?
For years now, Christian writers have been delving into Harry Potter searching for proof of holiness (or lack thereof) with the same vigor the Inquisition brought to its task centuries ago.
November, 2, 2010
Salley Vickers explains the working of myths
October, 30, 2010
Dutch writer Harry Mulisch dies
Harry Mulisch, considered by many a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, died of cancer at 83.
October, 29, 2010
Harry Mulisch (The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven) seriously ill
October, 28, 2010
Grove/Atlantic publishes Roger Sterling's autobiography
Mad Men character's fictional memoir set for real-life publication.
October, 26, 2010
Dave Eggers peptalks at National Novel Writing Month 2010
October, 25, 2010
Shakespeare didn’t sound like Laurence Olivier
Professor’s research allows audience to hear Shakespeare’s words in his own accent.
October, 25, 2010
New Zealanders don't want hobbits to leave
Thousands of New Zealanders have taken to the streets to try to prevent production of the film The Hobbit from moving out of their country.
New Zealand refuses to get into bidding war over The Hobbit
No end in sight for New Zealand's Hobbit saga
Hobbits stay in New Zealand
October, 24, 2010
Booker prize increases longevity
October, 23, 2010
Jane Austen was a bad speller
October, 20, 2010
JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen literature award (£60,000)
JK Rowling has become the first winner of a new Danish award, the Hans Christian Andersen literature prize.
October, 11, 2010
What does procrastination tells us about our (multiple) selves?
October, 10, 2010
Going with the flow: how to live like Montaigne