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Interview: Naomi Novik on her Temeraire series

From Neverwinter Nights to the Napoleonic War — with dragons
With her sixth Temeraire fantasy, Tongues of Serpents , out this week, New York Times bestseller Naomi Novik takes on dragons, Peter Jackson, and the beginning of the end of a beloved series.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  July 16, 2010


Down and dirty

The race to find the world's deepest hole
For most sane people, caving is an inexplicable pastime. What, after all, is the appeal of claustrophobic crawls, frigid swims, extreme heights (even underground), oceans of insects, no toilets, and ever-present, absolute darkness?
By: KENNY WOOTON  |  July 13, 2010


Tana French gets her characters where they live

Faithful Place proves a rich mystery
Frank Mackey's life changed when he was 19. The year was 1985, and he and his girlfriend Rosie Daly were about to run away together.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  July 06, 2010


Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 05, 2010


Interview: Sebastian Junger

Getting up close and personal with Restrepo
Not even being held captive by armed militants in Nigeria satisfied The Perfect Storm author Sebastian Junger's need for dangerous assignments.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 30, 2010


Dutch courage

David Mitchell's Jacob de Zoet revises historical fiction
When you've already written a novel like Cloud Atlas , which travels from 1850 to the apocalyptic future and back again, writing a historical novel might be redundant.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2010


Book bag for the dog days

Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes galore to keep you occupied through Labor Day.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 16, 2010


Beyond belief

Three literary fantasies for summer — including a true one
One of the purposes of escapist reading is to feed our daydreams.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 16, 2010


Girls talk

Sloane Crosley and Emily Gould tell all
There's only one thing more dangerous than being an ambitious, attractive twentysomething female stumbling through the publishing industry, attempting to secure quantifiable career success and, also, a fantastic boyfriend: the impulse to write about it.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  June 20, 2010


Good grief

Deborah Noyes’s séance in Captivity
Grief bogs one down, sapping energy and confusing even the simplest thoughts with the static of regrets.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 09, 2010


High and low culture from Japan

Art of the Hole Dept.
Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  June 02, 2010


Role model?

John Waters gets up close and personal
John Waters gets up close and personal
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 07, 2010


Stockholm syndrome

Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2010


Cool killer

Ace Atkins runs down Machine Gun Kelly
Ace Atkins’s new novel is what the movie Public Enemies should have been.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 18, 2010


Fully abled

Paul Guest’s life on wheels
When he was a fireworks-loving 12-year-old, Paul Guest rolled down a steep driveway on a bike with a broken brake cable. He steered onto the grass in an attempt to slow his momentum, the bike fell into a weed-concealed ditch, and Guest took flight. He landed with a third- and fourth-vertebrae-crushing, quadriplegia-inducing thud.
By: ALEX BLUM  |  May 18, 2010


Interview: Newsweek's Evan Thomas

Thomas discusses his new book, The War Lovers
"If you’re too slow and you lose the reader, it doesn’t matter what length the book is. You’ve got to engage the reader early and keep going. Campaigns are wonderfully suited to this because they’re thrilling quest stories."
By: PETER KADZIS  |  May 13, 2010


Slideshow: Photos from the War Lovers

Photos of Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Randolph Hearst, and more from Evan Thomas' book.
Photos from Evan Thomas' book The War Lovers.
By: EVAN THOMAS  |  May 14, 2010


Review: On the road with David Foster Wallace

David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself  treads lightly in the footsteps of a literary giant
David Foster Wallace had a crush on Alanis Morissette. He drank Diet Rite soda by the case. David Lynch changed him.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 17, 2010


Hearing voices

Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder in his book How To Wreck a Nice Beach
Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010


Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir

Crook Book Dept.
In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 05, 2010


Echo chamber

Men are from Martin Amis, women are from . . . ?
As Under-Secretary of the Ted Hughes Rough Riders (Boston Chapter), I have been delighted by two recent developments.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 04, 2010

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