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Chinua Achebe: The Art of Fiction No. 139

An interview with the late writer.

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Scent of a Woman's Ink

An essay on gynobibliophobia and the critical reception of women writers.

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The Hardy Boys: The Final Chapter...

On writing what you loathe. Leslie McFarlane, ghostwriter of the early Hardy Boys novels, was so ashamed of the work he couldn’t even bring himself to name the books in his diary. “June 9, 1933: Tried to get at the juvenile again today but the ghastly job appalls me.”

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Barry Hannah in conversation with Wells Tower

“Fiction writers are good people, usually. There’s a lot of pretenders, but I haven’t met a lot of sons of bitches.”

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Love in the Age of the Pickup Artist

What the great romantic novels of history can tell us about “seduction theory” and the cult of the pickup artist.

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David Mitchell Bends Fiction

A interview with David Mitchell, author of the recent The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Cloud Atlas, on stretching a fictional universe across multiple novels and centuries of real history.

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Fresh Hell

The boom in dystopian fiction aimed at young adults.

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A Kind of Vast Fiction

An email dialogue between David Gates and Jonathan Lethem on writing fiction in the age of online experiences.