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<p>Acclaimed novelist Martin Amis returns to discuss The Zone of Interest, a mordant exploration of love in a place that is meant  to crush the soul in a concentration camp. </p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>A conversation about the artist Jess and poet Robert Duncan who were the center of an underground art scene in San Francisco.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Originally from Beijing, Yiyun Li thought she would be a scientist. Writing in her non-native English, she addresses the emotional brutality of our time.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>What makes a good kid?s book?</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Ben Lerner is a novelist/poet who writes about the way we live now, which is not the way we used to live.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>The title of Waters? new novel is a euphemism for ?lodgers,? here used by the protagonist?s family to mask the shame of taking on tenants following WWII.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Darnielle titled his novel after a back-masked message in Larry Norman?s song ?Six Sixty Six.? He reflects on our desire to locate meaning where there might be none.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Unlike Coe?s other comedic novels, here the humor has a nostalgic feel, reminiscent of 1950s British films like Hitchcock?s <em>The Lady Vanishes</em>.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Mitchell?s new novel follows his protagonist from 1984-2040; he reflects on mortality in a world that doesn?t much smile upon the aging process.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>This is the third in a trilogy of graphic novels by Burns in which the seemingly normal happenings of his protagonist Doug's life take an unsettling Freudian turn.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Landis? novel, a series of chronological short-stories, follows the lives of three vulnerable, precocious girls as they pass through adolescence in 1970s New York.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Flanagan?s Booker-nominated novel, titled after a travelogue written by 17<sup>th</sup> century Japanese poet Basho, follows the building of the Burma-Siam Railway during WWII.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Our discussion of this anthology, written by incarcerated men and women, divides between the shocking realism of the stories and Oates? experience as editor of the collection.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Antrim?s collection of stories stems from his own experience with psychosis; we all have our turn in the barrel, he notes, and sometimes you're really turned upside down.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>What exactly made <em>Ulysses</em> so dangerous? Like an eye into the future, this difficult, all-consuming book still seems radical almost a century after its publication.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Kevin Birmingham delves into the history of censorship surrounding the publication of James Joyce?s <em>Ulysses</em> for its seemingly seditious, immoral content.</p><div class="feedflare">
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William T. Vollmann has authored a wide array of works of nonfiction as well as fiction. Who is this literary chameleon, and where is his life?s work going?<div class="feedflare">
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<p>Vollmann leads us to the ?wall of ill? that separates life from death. We dissect Vollmann?s opening remarks to the reader, brimful of images both dark and sweet.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>Tillman says a writer shouldn?t be ahead of one?s time but ?of? one?s time. She wishes to open doors, break down barriers, and make us aware of how thoughts are formed.</p><div class="feedflare">
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<p>St. Aubyn?s novel parodies the upsurge of interest in literary prizes: what do these prizes have to do with literature, and are the books that win ones we should read?</p><div class="feedflare">
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