Benjamin Kunkel is an editor at n+1 magazine. His first novel, Indecision, will be published in the fall by Random House.
It's not often that a new style appears in American prose, but this is what happened with John Haskell's first book, a collection of short stories called I am not Jackson Pollock.
From its unification in 1871 until its comprehensive defeat in 1945, Germany was the most bellicose and nationalistic of modern countries.
"Does the imagination dwell the most/Upon a woman won or woman lost?" Yeats asked. For most of his readers and biographers, the answer has been clear: a woman lost.
J.M. Coetzee's new novella, The Lives of Animals, must be some kind of first.