Innocents and Others.

Go read something by Dana Spiotta. You can’t go wrong. I’d recommend Stone Arabia or her newest, Innocents and Others. Otherwise, what you’ve been reading about Zero K is pretty much spot on, but the best novel of the year—which I am reviewing soon—might just be Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

Jonathan Lethem on Envying Other Writers.

I’m getting through the long Paris Review interview with Jonathan Lethem, in the wake of finishing his excellent new novel Dissident Gardens. It’s not exactly timely or new, but still relevant: INTERVIEWER What about envying other writers? LETHEM Every human life includes moments of rage at unrecognition. We’re all injustice collectors. But that’s not the truth […]

Colson Whitehead’s Rules For Writing.

One of my favorite contempoary authors, Colson Whitehead, recently laid out his 11 Rules for Writing over at the New York Times. It’s predictably insightful–and hilarious: Once your subject finds you, it’s like falling in love. It will be your constant companion. Shadowing you, peeping in your windows, calling you at all hours to leave […]