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An editor ponders the publishing industry meltdown--and the precarious future of books.

An account of the most recent installment in the nation's sick love affair with literary exhibitionists.

Driven by a tabloid episode from her own marriage, the novelist joins the debate over the mass marketing of trashy books to young black readers.

You thought Arthur was gone for good? The indie magazine beloved for its music coverage and antiwar politics will resume publishing this summer.

No matter what you think of The New Republic's politics, the public sphere will suffer if the magazine becomes homogenized by its new corporate owner.

The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story
about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial
product to another.

James Frey's faux memoir exposes corporate publishing as an
industry so starved for bestsellers that it is unable to protect
itself from fraud.

The recent controversy over false claims in James Frey's
The recent controversy over false claims in James Frey's
best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces" raises questions about
the ethics of the author and of the publishing industry at large.
This article opened a 1978 The Nation forum on "Truth in

Nancy Drew has been a fixture in young girls' lives since 1930. But the
continuing appeal of this spunky American icon--never sad, wrinkled or
misunderstood--is both heartwarming and a little scary.

In 1964 an important if somewhat obscure Polish writer and public intellectual named Aleksander Wat arrived at the University of California, Berkeley, and began the work that would eventually bec


There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

 Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma?

July 11, 2011

A historian admits he denounced rivals anonymously on the internet.

April 19, 2010