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  • The great American novel? What's that?

    The great American novel? What's that?
    Can we finally get beyond the Great American Novel? It’s the fantasy of an earlier America, like Manifest Destiny. And yet, to read Harvard professor Lawrence Buell’s “American Literature’s Holy Grail: Franzen, DFW and the Hunt for the Great American Novel” in Salon over the weekend was to experience a cognitive dissonance, as if the shaggy monster he portrays were somehow real.
  • The Millions looks at the year ahead in books

    The Millions looks at the year ahead in books
    The year 2014 is a banner one for big readers. That's according to the readers at the Millions, whose editors have compiled a list of the books they're looking forward to -- 89 titles in all. Think about that for a moment: 89 titles. I bet you didn't...

    See the new trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    See the new trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
    "Catching Fire," the second book in Suzanne Collins' young adult series "The Hunger Games," was published by Scholastic in 2009. Back then, it landed on every bestseller list you might imagine, and it's poised to return when the film version arrives in...

    Why are writers being curbed by NSA surveillance?

    Why are writers being curbed by NSA surveillance?
    PEN American Center’s report “Chilling Effects,” officially released Tuesday morning, offers some disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance on free expression and self-censorship in the literary world. Of more than...

    McSweeney's publishing archive acquired by Austin's Ransom Center

    McSweeney's publishing archive acquired by Austin's Ransom Center
    For 15 years, Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing enterprise has helped readers discover all things cool and quirky. On Wednesday, the Harry Ransom Center, the humanities library at the University of Texas, announced that it has acquired the archive of...