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The World through Words: An Appreciation of William H. Gass

IN MEMORIAM

The World through Words: An Appreciation of William H. Gass

Essay by David L. Ulin ×

The late writer William Gass is remembered by many for his monumental, groundbreaking novels. David L. Ulin argues for the achievement of his nonfiction.
The B&N Podcast: Cory Doctorow and Will Schwalbe

B&N PODCAST

The B&N Podcast: Cory Doctorow and Will Schwalbe

Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review ×

Behind every great book is another book -- and another. In this episode, the author of "Walkaway" talks about the sources behind his revolutionary ideas, and the writer of "Books for Living"...
Great Expectations

PERSONAL HISTORY

Great Expectations

Essay by Jessica Ferri ×

With pregnancy came plenty of time to read -- and uncertainty about how that would change with a baby. Essay by Jessica Ferri.
Proust, Hardy, and Spam: 10 Things I Learned About Literature from Monty Python

COMEDY

Proust, Hardy, and Spam: 10 Things I Learned About Literature from Monty Python

By Chris Barsanti ×

Why growing up obsessed with world's most literate comedy troupe ought to be worth college credit. By Chris Barsanti.
“You Know Something Awful is Coming”: Deb Olin Unferth

SHORT STORIES

“You Know Something Awful is Coming”: Deb Olin Unferth

Profile by David L. Ulin ×

In Deb Olin Unferth's writing, the only thing you can count on is that nothing is predictable. The result, writes David Ulin, is fiction as surprising and exciting as life itself.
Somebody With a Little Hammer

ESSAYS

Somebody With a Little Hammer

Reviewed by Michelle Dean ×

When the writer Mary Gaitskill is mentioned, the word "dark" usually follows. That's a mistake, writes Michelle Dean.
This Long Pursuit

BIOGRAPHY

This Long Pursuit

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

A new collection of short works by the acclaimed biographer highlights a writer's bold excursions into the characters of his subjects. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

Child prodigy, Anglican cleric, quotable wit, corrosive satirist -- Jonathan Swift's genius remains hard to pin down. Review by Anna Mundow.
True Stories and Lying Artifacts

ESSAYS

True Stories and Lying Artifacts

Essay by David L. Ulin ×

In an era in which questions of truthfulness take on political overtones, two writers explore the treacherous literary terrain between fact and fiction. Essay by David L. Ulin.
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

MEMOIR

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

The terrible privations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

READING IN COMMON

The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

Reviewed by Heller McAlpin ×

Alex Beam follows a friendship between two twentieth-century literary giants that gave way to a memorable war of words. Review by Heller McAlpin.
Travels with Henry James

TRAVEL

Travels with Henry James

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

Before he became a master of style, the young writer proved himself a genius of observation. Michael O'Donnell on a new collection of Henry James's dispatches from America and Europe.