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With its specialized scientific knowledge and intimations of endlessly connected networks, Tom McCarthy's third novel, C (2010), saw him hailed in Tom LeClair's words as a young and British Thomas Pynchon. In the wake of that success, McCarthy's
Monday, January 30, 2012 There's an entertaining new piece up at McSweeney's Internet Tendencies the literature and humor site that's part of Dave Eggers' McSweeney's literary empire by Franklin resident and occasional Scene contributor Joel Rice.
It's hard to say why, but there seems to be a hesitation on the part of popular society to accept Josh Radnor as a filmmaker. While his co-stars on "How I Met Your Mother" -- Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris, in particular -- have faced little
Wallace is praised for his short story collections and philosophical essays, such as 'This is Water,' given as a memorable commencement address at the Kenyon College graduation in 2005...Prior to his death, he contributed a list of his 10 favorite
The Art of Fielding's use of baseball continues a tradition of the sport as metaphor for the American dream. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding may be the first debut novel to have another book written about it before
Remember that bizarre Pennsylvania bank robbery from 2003, where the robber was a pizza guy in a locked collar bomb, and he said if he didn't rob the bank, the people who locked the collar on him would blow him up? And the police were like, "Really?"
Adam Levin The Instructions offers numerous pleasures, including pitch-perfect transcripts of television news reports. Questions of dimension have stretched literary discussion this year. The few detractors of Julian Barnes's Man Booker-winning The
He writes about Robinson Crusoe, the emergence of the novel, the potentially isolating effect of the Internet, and the suicide of his friend, the writer David Foster Wallace. He was a lifelong prisoner on the island of himself, Franzen writes of his
If you release a book now you don't really have time to push it out to bookstores with the kind of oomph you would need to get the holiday sales...Which is why I've mostly been reading advance copies of books due out in 2012...William Gibson,
Autoplay Suggested Topics Stewart Lee and Richard Hammond Mordant comic Stewart Lee attended the £9,400 a-year Solihull School in Birmingham with Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond. But the old school tie has failed to create a life-long bond between