September/October 2001

Novelist Jonathan Franzen talks about his hiatus from writing fiction, the literary influences that helped shape his new work, and the fun of writing his third novel, The Corrections, a lyrical family drama nine years in the making.


The Pound and the Fury: A Postcolonial Conversation With Hanif Kureishi

by Frederick Luis Aldama
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A profile of Pakistani British author Hanif Kureishi.

Making the Corrections: An Interview With Jonathan Franzen

by Joanna Smith Rakoff
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An interview with Jonathan Franzen.

Small Press Pride

Soft Skull: Shrieking Buzzbombs, Sizzling Grenades

by Michael Zezima
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Profile of radical independent publisher Soft Skull Press and its founder, Sander Hicks.

Brooding Heron: A Working Tradition

by Mary Gannon
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Married poets Sam and Sally Green discuss their baby, Brooding Heron Press.

Dalkey Archive: Broadening Book Culture

by Jeff Biggers
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Dalkey Archive Press is one of the few publishers in the world that keeps books permanently in print.

Sixteen Rivers Press: Collective Consciousness

by Leslie Schwartz
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Sixteen Rivers Press, a nonprofit poetry collective dedicated to San Francisco Bay Area poets.

Six Small Houses and Their Youth Brigade

by Joanna Smith Rakoff
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Profiles of Akashic Books, Versus Press, Algonquin Books, Open City Books, Persea Books, and Graywolf Press.

News and Trends

Celebrity Writers Seek Legitimacy

by Jeff Parker
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Ethan Hawke, Jewel, and other celebrities influencing the book publishing industry.

Collins Named New Laureate

by Dalia Sofer
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Billy Collins succeeds Stanley Kunitz, becoming the eleventh poet laureate of the United States.

Making Frost Sing

by Stacey Chase
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Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Baroness Maria, sets Robert Frost's poetry to music.

The Practical Writer

How to Give a Rousing Reading: Advice From an Amplified Author

by Tom Bradley
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Advice on reading your work in public.

Should Writers Kiss & Tell? Revealing the Nonfiction Behind Fiction

by M. J. Rose
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A discussion on whether to reveal the true stories that inspire fiction.

11 Ways of Looking at a Contract: How to Secure a Fair Deal

by Richard Deutch
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How to secure a fair deal.

The Literary Life

The Art of Reading: Sentimental, Heartbroken Rednecks

by Greg Bottoms
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A profile of the late Southern writer Breece D'J Pancake.

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

by Vivian Gornick
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An excerpt from Gornick's book about memoir writing.