The Creative Present: Notes on Contemporary American Fiction

edited by Nona Balakian, edited by Charles Simmons
This is another of those books, of which there have been so many lately, that seems to have come into being by editorial fiat. A collection, like most of them, of essays by diverse hands (novels still cannot quite be produced this way) it is dedicated to nothing less than …


Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews. Second Series.

The celebrated Paris Review interviews with writers, of which this volume is the second series, are nothing if not impeccable. The interviewers are as close to ideal for the job as one can imagine—literate, courteous almost to a fault, self-effacing but not too self-effacing, very much “up” on their subjects, …