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Mark Athitakis is a writer, editor, critic, and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, Chicago Sun-Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Washington City Paper and many other publications. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

Enigma Variations

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Enigma Variations

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Andre Aciman's new novel might just be the ultimate refutation of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Review by Mark Athitakis.
A Common Condition: What Midwestern Novels Tell Us about 2016

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A Common Condition: What Midwestern Novels Tell Us about 2016

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Can the imaginative terrain of Midwestern fiction provide a map to America's political and cultural hot spots!
Amplified Existence:  Peter Orner on the Necessity of Fiction

INTERVIEW

Amplified Existence: Peter Orner on the Necessity of Fiction

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Peter Orner has some dangerous habits -- like reading at traffic lights. He talks with Mark Athitakis about the life of an unusually enthusiastic reader and his new book "Am I Alone Here"?
Little Nothing

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Little Nothing

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Marisa Silver marries harrowing realism and fairy-tale enchantment in a story of a girl who faces the terrors of the world through a series of transformations.
Carousel Court

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Carousel Court

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Joe McGinniss Jr.'s new novel takes on the post-recession status of the American Dream, from a perspective that recalls some celebrated voices of the 1980s. Review by Mark Athitakis.
Donald Ray Pollock: “A Better Version of a Dime Novel”

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Donald Ray Pollock: “A Better Version of a Dime Novel”

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The author of "The Heavenly Table" on how television and the paperback fiction of his youth have shaped his fiction. A conversation with Mark Athitakis.
Hystopia

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Hystopia

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David Means' heady trip of a novel follows a group of Vietnam veterans into an alternate 1970 where a new drug promises forgetfulness from the trauma of combat. Mark Athitakis reviews.
Cute or Dire? Arlene Heyman Talks “Scary Old Sex”

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Cute or Dire? Arlene Heyman Talks “Scary Old Sex”

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The psychiatrist and short-story writer on our discomfort with aging bodies and the things they get up to in private. A conversation with Mark Athitakis.
The Art of X-Ray Reading

WRITING

The Art of X-Ray Reading

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Reading great literature can help us write stronger sentences, says Roy Peter Clark. But, asks Mark Athitakis, is that how we should be reading?
New Again

REDISCOVERY

New Again

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It's not always the latest books that speak most urgently to the present moment. Mark Athitakis looks back at a year in literary rediscovery.
The Last Hundred Years

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The Last Hundred Years

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With "Golden Age," Jane Smiley's century-spanning American trilogy reveals itself as an audacious work of storytelling -- and a warning. Review by Mark Athitakis
Fates and Furies

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Fates and Furies

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With cutting inventiveness, one of today's best novelists examines a whirlwind marriage, and how to write about matrimony in the twenty-first century. Review by Mark Athitakis.