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Imaginary Novelist

Has reality rendered Thomas Pynchon obsolete?

Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By STEFAN BECK

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Rage for Fame

Charles Jackson’s saddest story was his own.

Nov 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10

Geoff Dyer

The Fandom Tollbooth

Calculating the price of obsession.

Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05

Dan Vyleta

Viennese Waltz

The second novel from a master of historic horror.

May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35

Photo of ‘Weegee’ and his portrait of Konrad Adenauer

Night Vision

The Dance of Death, with flashbulbs and film.

Apr 9, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 29

Drawing of a man on a boat harpooning a whale

Inside the Whale

Great strength, glaring weakness, in a debut novel.

Nov 7, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 08

Password, Please

The inside story on conspiracy theories.

Sep 7, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 47

How to Write

Advice from the good old days remains timeless.

Nov 3, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 08

Unholy Thoughts

A Bright Young Thing grapples with the post-9/11 world.

Jul 7, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 41

Seafood Chatter

The men behind the fish beside the salad bar.

Feb 4, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 20

Out of the Past

"A complex time scheme" by Lifetime Channel standards.

Nov 19, 2007, Vol. 13, No. 10

Lust Down East

Courtship can be complicated on the coast of Maine.

Sep 3, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 47

Harvard or Bust

They'll get in their 'reach school' even if it kills them.

May 7, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 32

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