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The Book of Clouds

As books turn into data and tweets are archived for posterity, how will readers and academics cope with the detritus of a digital age?
A hundred years from now, how will literary historians deal with 21st-century authors like Tao Lin?
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 17, 2010


Interview: Matt Taibbi

On Griftopia, Goldman Sachs, and his writing process
Matt Taibbi can make a snake bite funny.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  November 09, 2010


Review: Keith Richards's Life

Stone spills all — eloquently
The title says it all: Life isn't just an autobiography, it's Keith Richards's Guide to Good Living.
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 09, 2010


Interview: Chris Lehmann

Eying the moneyed class
"American class privilege is very much like the idea of sex in a Catholic school — it's not supposed to exist in the first place, but once it presents itself in your mind's eye, you realize that it's everywhere."
By: CATHERINE TUMBER  |  November 02, 2010


From there to Hereville

Barry Deutsch's troll-fighting Orthodox Jewish heroine
Hereville , one of the most charming graphic novels published this year, began when alternative-comics artist Barry Deutsch wondered why traditional heroic fantasy stories never featured Jews.
By: MICHAEL A. BURSTEIN  |  November 02, 2010


Writers celebrate Barry Hannah, the biggest literary badass you’ve never heard of

Captain Maximus R.I.P.
Gene Kwak first came across the work of Barry Hannah while studying journalism at the University of Nebraska.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 02, 2010


Review: David Young knows where he's going

Poet's progress
David Young's Selected and New Poems is a good book by a good poet. You'll have to take my word for that, because I am not going to quote from his poems.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  October 27, 2010


Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
By: AMY FINCH  |  October 21, 2010


Dinaw Mengestu's subtle take on immigrant blues

White lies
Seriousness sets Dinaw Mengestu's work apart from most novels about the immigrant experience.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 19, 2010


Thirty-three reasons you can't miss this year's Boston Books Festival

Bound for glory
The Boston Book Festival happens this Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 9 pm at various locations in Copley Square.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010


Boston Book Festival Bingo 2010

Should you spot an NPR tote bag, unironic librarian garb, or a piece of cat bling, you're already on the road to Boston Book Festival Bingo victory!
Print your own!
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2010


Interview: David Rakoff

The author ponders the worst
Nine years ago, Wellesley College psychology professor Julie Norem wrote a book in defense of negative thinking.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 13, 2010


Review: Tao Lin's Richard Yates

A better stunt: Lin transcends his self-promotion
When this review is posted online, 27-year-old Tao Lin will quickly send out its URL in a tweet and file it on his website's meticulously maintained record of press coverage.
By: CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 13, 2010


Lawton and le Carré share their information

Data basics
Information is dangerous currency.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  October 05, 2010


A brief history of Highwater Books

 Based on an intervew with Jef Czekaj
"Highwater Books was me and Tom Devlin, hanging out drinking in Tom's garage."


Musician + Author = Crap

Worst of Both Worlds
On Tuesday, musician Ben Folds (formerly of the Five) and rock-obsessed novelist Nick Hornby ( High Fidelity ) released a collaborative record called Lonely Avenue . The result of this musical-literary team-up isn't excruciating.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 29, 2010


Indie rules

Small-press fiction that sings
Small-press fiction that sings
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 28, 2010


Review: Tattoos and Tequila

Oh Crüe world! Vince Neil lets us down — hard
I bought The Dirt , Mötley Crüe's 2002 autobiography, the day it was published. I got home from the store, sank to the floor, had a nice cry (it had been hot out and my finger hurt), and started reading.
By: STUART ALLEN  |  September 22, 2010


Man about Town: Chuck Hogan

Chuck Hogan’s Boston novel turned into this fall’s biggest heist movie — maybe now people will start recognizing him
One day back in 2009, Chuck Hogan snuck onto the set of the movie adaptation of his own novel. He was not recognized, once, by anyone at all.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 15, 2010


Boston gets its own indie comix show

The bastard medium
I will now sing the praise of independent and small-press comics conventions.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 23, 2010


Review: John Brandon's Citrus County

Creeps done well: Anti-social wonderland
Pre-teen creeps abound in contemporary cinema.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 15, 2010

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