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The Forgotten Charm of Iranian Storytelling

The Forgotten Charm of Iranian Storytelling

IRANIAN WRITERS, especially women, have produced some extraordinary books in the last three decades: Of those written in (or translated to) English, the memoirs of Azar Nafisi, Roya Hakakian, and Mar...

House Rules

House Rules

IT BEGINS in the desert, the way all good thrillers should, with a mysterious phone call: “There’s a problem and it can’t be solved. You need to disappear.” The man on the receiving end of the...

Montana Writers Share “How It Happens”

Montana Writers Share “How It Happens”

Photo of Tom McGuane by John Zumpano — JZphotoArt.com “WHAT WAS FISHING like in Cuba?” This is the very first question directed at Thomas McGuane, even before he has a chance to sit down or t...

The Post-South World of Mary Miller

The Post-South World of Mary Miller

“I DON'T HATE IT!” chants Quentin Compson at the end of William Faulkner’s famous novel of the South, Absalom, Absalom! “I don’t! I don’t!” Quentin’s vexed insistence that he doesn’t...

Reality Is Mayhem

Reality Is Mayhem

MARC PASTOR has one of the coolest day jobs a writer can have. He is a forensic detective and police sketch artist — a crime scene investigator — in the Barcelona area. In his spare time he has wr...

Possessed, or Eavesdropping

Possessed, or Eavesdropping

A FEW MONTHS AGO, Edan Lepucki was largely unknown outside literary circles, so she wasn’t expecting to do many interviews about her debut novel, California. That all changed when, as The New York T...

"Marry Someone who Makes You Laugh"

"Marry Someone who Makes You Laugh"

SCOTTISH AUTHOR Alison Louise (A.L.) Kennedy has published more than a dozen story collections and novels. She is also a columnist, a stand-up comic, a writer of radio drama, and a teacher of creativ...

All is Chaos

All is Chaos

YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA's debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase, follows a family of transplants from Odessa, Ukraine, to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and back again. Aside from her talent for detailing the hilar...

Two Tough Cops (Who Happen to Be Female)

Two Tough Cops (Who Happen to Be Female)

POLICE OFFICERS are expected to deal with the darkest sides of society without showing any cracks in their Kevlar-tough exteriors. Add personal problems to the daily pressures of being a cop, and ...

A South African Novel about E.M. Forster

A South African Novel about E.M. Forster

IN NOVEMBER 1911 E. M. Forster began a novel organized around the opposition between the heroic personality, longing to fight and die, and the cultured man who hopes for a time when “all is light,...

I Fall to Pieces

I Fall to Pieces

EVEN A CASUAL READER of Siri Hustvedt, who published her first novel in 1992, is likely to have picked up on certain preoccupations. She is familiar with and refers liberally to the work of Freud, Ki...

Gary Amdahl’s Big Little Black Book

Gary Amdahl’s Big Little Black Book

I ADMIRE both Gary Amdahl’s writing and the topics he chooses, the Left politics and dreamful associations built on physicality, and especially that alchemy which keeps me absolutely with him at eac...