I really perked up when the conversation turned to the notion of likability. Who says we have to like a character? Yet Franzen claims that "the safest thing" in writing fiction is not caring what the reader wants, in the sense of realizing, "Not everyone will like this guy."
I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.
Entitlement is also an issue in Noah Baumbach's wonderfully acidic While We're Young, which captures a pair of Gen-Xers, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts), at a crisis point.
Women's History Month Spotlight: Advice From the 19th Century, on Loneliness and Doubt, Horses, Vacuum Cleaners and the Nature of Time
In honor of women's history month and to celebrate the paperback publication of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., I arranged an interview with Eugénie R. herself (heretofore known only as my fictional character) to find out how this 19th century woman feels about our 21st century world.
What might the world have lost if, instead of letting memorable women in literature stand on their own two feet, we'd been given forgettable titles like Anna Karenina: The Bureaucrat's Wife.
Story courtesy of Barnes And Noble Review. By Amy Hertz The love that leads to marriage begins with so much promise. But
For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and
I knew I wanted to interview a diverse and celebrated group of African Americans writers because they have been so important to the vitality of American literature.
It's been too long since we've shared with you the pulse of the people. It's a little segment we like to call Reading In
The author of minimalist short stories, Davis would seem an unlikely match for Flaubert, with his love of metaphor and obsession
Literary Glamour: Playboy and the House of Waris Welcome Their Fabulous Friends to Celebrate Their New Salon
Gerard Butler joined the festivities at a hush-hush after party at the Boom Boom Room, which lasted well into the night. Need any more convincing that this was the place to be Wednesday evening?
Bertha In 'Jane Eyre,' Emma In 'Madame Bovary': Were The 'Mad' Heroines Of Victorian Literature Really Sane?
The violent and feral Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre, the mysterious Woman in White whose escape from an asylum begins Wilkie
Jennifer Jones always defied easy analysis, so much the better for us to simply surrender to her films themselves.