October 15, 2018

Was Philip Roth a White Male Author?

By Aatif Rashid

It’s been four months now since Philip Roth died, long enough in our fast-paced media world that all the eloquent and moving obituaries have largely dissolved into a broader consensus […]

August 13, 2018

On “Ethnic Fiction”

By Aatif Rashid

Mark McGurl’s The Program Era is a wonderful book, and I’ve mentioned it several times before on this blog, but it does use the problematic label “ethnic fiction” to describe […]

May 31, 2018

Should Fiction Writers Study Literary Theory?

By Aatif Rashid

In her 2010 review of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era, Elif Batuman makes the following observation: a schism has opened up between literary scholarship and creative writing: disciplines which differ in […]

April 6, 2018

In Defense of “Show Don’t Tell”

By Aatif Rashid

Part One of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era (2009), the now-classic history of the influence of writing programs on twentieth-century American literature, uses as its title two of the hallmark […]

September 21, 2010

Wishes and Whips

By Elizabeth Ames Staudt

What is wrong with books? What is wrong with me that I so love reading about what’s wrong with the stuff I love? When I see links cropping up on […]