On Fiction

London Flambé: Monica Ali in the Kitchen

One need only take a brief look at the TV Guide or the magazine aisle at the supermarket to know that we are a culture recently obsessed with kitchens, celebrity chefs, and…

To Wit’s End Postmodern Fiction?

I was sent Karen Joy Fowler’s new novel Wit’s End (published in Great Britain under the titleThe Case of the Imaginary Detective) by someone from Penguin, who had noticed from my own…

Writing Out of Time: J.M.G. Le Clézio

J.M.G. Le Clézio is an adherent of extreme environments. The author spent about one-third of his Nobel speech fondly recounting his travels through the Darién Gap, the mostly lawless and…

Less “Je ne sais quoi,” More “Je ne sais pas pourquoi”

“She moved over the surface of life the way figure skaters move. . . she never broke through the ice, she never pierced the surface and descended into those awful…

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