March 16, 2011 Critical darling David Mitchell serves up a screwball tale in a Dutch outpost off Japan in 1799, Sam Lipsyte brings his effortless humor to campus, and China Mieville recounts an epic "squidnapping." Desmond Tutu reflects on forgiveness, and translator Edith Grossman tells of channeling Cervantes.
March 23, 2010 Milo Burke makes a hilarious failed artist, frustrated husband and recently unemployed office drone in Sam Lipsyte's The Ask, an artfully delivered dark comedy that considers the decline of middle-class America.
March 3, 2010 Novelist Tash Aw takes us to Indonesia on the eve of violent civil war; a history of Austen appreciation, Jane's Fame, traces the author's rise from obscurity to ubiquity; Sam Lipsyte brings the funny to academia in his latest satire; and Enlightened Sexism aims a Buffy-style stake at the media's warped portrayals of "girl power."
June 4, 2007 As kids we preferred indoor recess to the playground hullabaloo. As adults we're film dorks, comic book geeks and indie-music nerds. We do not, as a general rule, jet-ski. This is what we'll be reading as we try to avoid the sun.
June 4, 2007 The current issue of the literary magazine Tin House features evil as its theme. Glen Weldon recommends admittedly dark reading, but says the writing admirably explores everything from mundane malevolence to the truly diabolical.
August 13, 2006 Feelance writer Philip Connors doubles as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. The job lasts six months a year, and gives him a chance to peruse a fair amount of literature. He offers a few recommendations, including the novel Homeland, a series of updates provided to a high school alum newsletter and one of "the funniest things" he's ever read.
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