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<p>Hilton Als' first book in 14 years is a series of essays that defy easy categorization. His "white girls" are neither necessarily girls nor white?.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Richard Powers says his new novel reveals that there's little difference between a passion and an idea. </p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Junot Diaz says Jaime Hernandez's illustrations for the deluxe new edition of his acclaimed collection of stories make their collaboration "rise to the level of jazz."</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Blum on publishing his first book, and the riddle of a moral contained in its inscrutable 13-year-old antihero, a Bartlebian computer whiz with a vengeful streak.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Shteyngart wrote his memoir when he realized that his life story mirrored that of the 20th century, the saga of one failed superpower giving way to another failing one.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Ben Estes, Alan Felsenthal and Amanda Nadelberg read poems from Alfred Starr Hamlton's "Dreambox" and reflect on their experience editing this unsung enchanter.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Esteemed German literary critic Denis Scheck joins us for a special international "meeting of the minds" to appraise the state of book criticism today.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>James McCourt's novelistic memoir collages together vignettes of personal and queer community history in the New York City of mid-century.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Iranian author Goli Taraghi's recent collection translates many of her short stories of the past forty years into English for the first time.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Our master of seductive street-slang on seduction and its relation to fiction. Can a writer seduce you? Junot Díaz describes what he calls "the shock of representation."</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>A trenchant "comic journalist" depicting the horrors of human conflicts, Joe Sacco's latest work is an astonishing panorama of the Battle of the Somme...</p><div class="feedflare">
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its 40th-anniversary, Jong clarifies "Fear of Flying's" earnest philosophical
motives, and identifies her literary influences, from Shakespeare to Pauline
Réage.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Self?s striking novel about loss, language, and perception after the First World War -- and a bold departure from the satirical mode he is best known for.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>After the deaths of husband and daughter, Joan Didion wrote the most personal and poetic book of her impressive career...</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>James Franco says literature was his emotional and intellectual escape valve from the alternate reality of filmmaking, performance, and celebrity.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Allan Gurganus says the three novellas that comprise his new book, "Local Souls," were written as modern fables or fairy tales.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Alice McDermott once felt a fear that her new novel would be seen as just another of her perfect Irish American novels. Instead it leaps from the page.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Four linked novellas explore the poignant interior lives of small-town characters who are usually unseen and unknown.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Nicholson Baker, poet of small accuracies, shows us how if you assemble enough of these small accuracies, you've got a novel.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Jonathan Lethem?s latest chronicles a lost generation of Jewish socialists who lived in Queens in the mid-twentieth century.</p><div class="feedflare">
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