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What ‘O’ is and isn’t good for

On the eve of its publication, a new political roman à clef has the Beltway chattering about the identity of its anonymous author.

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Spanish language literature beyond the Nobel prize

Translator Anne McLean shares her top Spanish language reads with Jessa Crispin.

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Clearing the air: The fury over Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Freedom’

Is Jonathan Franzen’s new book really a “must read”? A few critics have dared to detract, and gender bias looms above the debate.

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  Gary Shteyngart on dachshunds, Lenin and reading Twain in Russia

Best-selling author and satirist Gary Shteyngart’s new book is about a future society where technology rules all. So how often does he update his own Facebook page?

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A Chicago cop gets a new beat

After three years of organizing and hosting the biweekly Bookslut reading series in Chicago, one night sticks out as particularly memorable. The series made its home in the cozy Hopleaf bar in Andersonville, a nice (but quickly becoming too nice) neighborhood on the north side. I myself used to live around the corner from the [...]

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Gary Shteyngart on Facebook, literacy and the end of America

Need to Know talks to author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, whose new dystopian, darkly humorous novel “Super Sad True Love Story” foretells the ruinous decline of literacy in America.

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A writer leaves journalism to find truth in fiction

Novelist Lorraine Adams had another life as a journalist. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post, she left the newspaper after 11 years and published her first and widely acclaimed novel, “Harbor,” in 2004. She brought her knowledge of the hot-button issues of our day — illegal immigration, terrorism, panic about terrorism — [...]

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