Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
A resource for reading about, teaching, and discussing the novel as an artistic and cultural form.
Working as a children’s librarian in a “one-library town,” Cleary, age 23, found bored boys asking, “Where are the books about kids like us?”
Why read MFA-trained writers writing about writers training in MFA programs?
How can reading novels affect the way doctors and patients communicate?
For Indiana, disaster is both imminent and ambient, both apocalyptic and manifested in everyday ordinariness.
Sigrid Nunez’s fiction inspires the question: What would it mean to make caring for others into an explicitly public priority?
How do novels help us see the present in a broader historical perspective?
How can novels expand our understanding of sex and intimacy in the digital age?
When creating and selling culture, you’re also selling a story about that culture—for good and for ill.
Novelists from George Eliot to Mary Gordon ask readers to confront our lives as ethical dramas that run only once, and with great consequence.
How does reading novels affect our understanding of the power dynamics that shape our lives?
How do novels provoke readers to wrestle with complex, even dangerous ideas?
Hazzard was given to lingering in the fraught silences that follow great tumult, taking the time to find something worth saying.
What are some of the most notable novels published in the 21st century, and how do they reimagine what novels do?
What might the dynamic of mental life look like when its physiological counterpart is ill, bedridden, and housebound?
Storytelling like that of Ursula K. Le Guin or Hayao Miyazaki reveals how real-world politics is similarly an act of collective “world building.”
Caribbean authors—and the “disorderly” women of whom they write—can reveal how important it is to seek out one’s true self.
A recent flourishing of Palestinian literature reckons with complications in historical memory caused by settler colonialism.
Scandinavian crime novels once showed how society failed its citizens. Today, the genre innovates differently—by depicting more violence.