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Should fiction be easy and pleasurable?

Atticus Lish is a writer whose debut novel recently won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In a recent interview (which can be found here… 793 more words

A Smuggler's Bible - Joseph McElroy


I came to McElroy’s first novel having read most of his oeuvre, only Plus and The Letter Left to Me remain. I can’t help but compare, and I approached this début apprehensively, maybe expecting a lesser work, something more restrained, nervous even. 1,311 more words

Are literary writers given enough time?

Hoffman’s point about literary writers not being given enough time to develop themselves and find an audience feels about right, it seems like if you haven’t “made it” and conjured a decent audience within 1 or 2 books you quickly fall down the ranks so to speak – there are examples of literary writers whose first books were on big name publishers, who for whatever reason didn’t develop a audience, and who are now publishing with smaller presses, (obviously there could be a number of reasons why their apparent “failure” occurred it might not simply be that they weren’t “given enough time” but it’s an interesting aspect to consider in a culture increasingly obsessed with instantaneous “results”). 304 more words

March book reviews (roundup)

Kind of been a slow month on the review front, I’ve been a bit distracted with writing and had a few false starts with some books so yeah. 407 more words

The continent buckled upward

National Orgasm of Women. The continent buckled upward, it bowed and shifted and waved. Arrived through her in order to belong to others.

Joseph McElroy, Women and Men