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Illustration of David Foster Wallace

Vulnerability was what made David Foster Wallace so beloved, but it often led him to surrender too much in his fiction.

Mercè Rodoreda

Daniel Orozco, Orientation and Other Stories; Mercè Rodoreda, The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda.

Manuel Puig

The Latin Boom writers failed to appreciate the work of fellow novelist Manuel Puig, who wrote about housewives and homosexuals.

When Nothing Happens: On David Bezmozgis

The Free World is a novel about lives suspended at a moment when everything is uncertain. It is about frustration. Unfortunately, it too is frustrating.

Possible Humans: On Juan José Saer

The achievement of Juan José Saer’s fiction, next to its sensuousness, is its creation of an all-engulfing present.

Joanna Ruocco

For Joanna Ruocco, language is a multiplier of worlds, a portal to alternate realities.

Mark David Chapman was carrying a copy of The Catcher in the Rye when he shot John Lennon. The murder was a collision of cultures.

Elizabeth Hardwick found New York's jittery impermanence and inchoate density to be an obstacle for the fiction writer.

Nicole Krauss's Great House swings from the evocative to the overcharged.

Frederic Tuten's Self Portraits is a backward glance on life that's vital, wistful and filled with sweet ache.


An article in our pages in 1919 helped rescue the long-deceased scribe from obscurity and secured him a prominent place in the American canon.

January 4, 2014

Proust, a reviewer wrote in 1921, “may not be what his hero set out to be in his childhood, the greatest writer in the world, but he is one of those.”

December 7, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

A former covert CIA operative turned novelist is fast emerging as one of the most important fiction writers in the military/covert ops/political thriller genre dominated by right-wing authors.

June 29, 2010