Viet Thanh Nguyen: We still live in Ralph Ellison’s moment
Maggie Nelson: American classics that influenced the writing of The Argonauts
Lorenzo Carcaterra: Elmore Leonard “brought his characters close enough to life they could be touched”
Elmore Leonard: John Steinbeck “set me free”
Lauren Groff on the “profound generosity” of James Salter
J. Courtney Sullivan on whom she re-reads: W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Jane Smiley, Richard Yates
Lev Grossman on Ernest Hemingway, verbal membrane, and The Sun Also Rises
Deborah Baker on Lafcadio Hearn and “the Orient at home”
“Nobody Knows My Name”: Manuel Muñoz on Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha
Arthur Phillips probes the “seamless circle” of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire
Karen Russell on how Joy Williams writes the unspeakable
Geoffrey O’Brien: The House of Walworth, American Gothic, and Gilded Age literature
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