Jennifer Paull

Jennifer Paull walks quickly.

If I Were Susan Orlean

I don’t usually fantasize about being in someone else’s shoes. No green-tinged daydreams about what life would be like if ...

Things I Found in My Books

During a recent book-packing spree, I naturally couldn’t resist flipping through a novel or twenty. With nearly every paperback sprung ...

Un-PC Books That Are Still Awesome

I’m grateful to Christopher Hitchens for many things, but one that stays with me is an introduction (via a Vanity ...

Bookstore Mash Note: City Lights Books

Whenever I’m asked about my devotion to City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, my reply tends to be something of ...

In Literature’s Debt

Tax season: those febrile weeks of running numbers, grimacing at bills, and otherwise financially ’fessing up. In a slightly masochistic ...

5 Great Movies About Writing

The other night I slammed the brakes on a film—something I rarely do, but this one managed to be both ...

Where Do You Stand on Posthumous Publishing?

The recent obits for Dmitri Nabokov, only child of notorious novelist Vladimir Nabokov, got me thinking about posthumous publishing. As ...

A Conversation with Book Sculptor Brian Dettmer

Artist Brian Dettmer approaches books with knives, tweezers, and blade-sharp ideas about the meanings of media and information. For over ...

Spring Fever: Seasonal Book Picks

An impulsively warm day has me craving a springy read—something literary to match the weather, falling into step with that ...

Literary Names You WOULD Give Your Children

Prompted by the great responses to the earlier rundown of names I’d never give my kids based on the literary ...

Dinner Table in the Sky: Food Writers

Get the fantasy place cards ready! We’re back around the Dinner Table in the Sky, imagining which writers, living or ...

The Confidence Index: Tykwer and Wachowskis’ CLOUD ATLAS

  David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas is one of those books you love all the more because the worlds it ...

READING PATHWAYS: David Mitchell

Among the ways I’m grateful to have been introduced to David Mitchell’s novels, one is that I had no preconceptions ...

GENRE KRYPTONITE: Girls in Crumbling Estates

Blame it on Pippi. Early exposure to the pigtailed Longstocking and her fabulously ramshackle Villa Villakulla hooked me on stories ...

Literary Names I Would Never Give My Children

I suspect we all have a list of names we would never give our children, even though they sound unobjectionable ...

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