Jonathan Safran Foer

MFA + NYC + Norway: Rebecca Dinerstein’s ‘The Sunlit Night’

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Last year, you may remember, n+1 magazine published a book called MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. Written by authors of varying opinions and experience levels, the collection nonetheless coalesces around an opposition in literary publishing, or at least within the literary mind. And this opposition hinges on a simple answer to a straightforward question: Did you come to be a novelist or poet or nonfiction writer by way of an MFA program — Columbia, Iowa, NYU, etc. — or were you educated in the school of life: New York City? Your answer to this question says something about your likely quality as a writer, or your longevity, or your style, or who your friends are, or your discipline level, or your current income, or whether you teach, or whatever.
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15 YA Writers on Their Favorite Book for Adults

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TIME magazine recently ran a big package on “young adult” novels, in an attempt to define the nascent genre, giving us both “The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time” and “17 Famous Writers on Their Favorite Young Adult Books.” Unfortunately, the canonical list failed to reflect the range of stories covered in young adult literature, ignoring current YA literature and calling any work with a teen protagonist “young adult.”

The “17 Famous Writers” list also suffered from a disconnect between the content and the buzzword; despite the headline, it seemed clear that authors were asked about “the books they loved as a child.” As a result, current young adult literature was roundly ignored. With that in mind, Flavorwire wanted to flip the script on TIME‘s “Famous Writers” list by asking some of our favorite contemporary young adult authors about their favorite books for grown-ups. The results, which feature responses that are both sly and serious, range from coming-of-age stories to science fiction adventures.
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25 Authors Who Wrote Great Books Before They Turned 25

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Picture it: teenage Mary Shelley was on a vacation getaway, with her husband Percy and some of his rambunctious poet friends, like that rogue Lord Byron… and out of the group of legends, it’s Shelley herself who arguably published the greatest work of all at the ridiculous age of 30: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a book that has penetrated our human consciousness. In honor of Shelley’s birthday this month, here’s a list of 25 other writers who created heartbreakingly beautiful work before they could get a discount on a rental …Read More

From Yonatan to Franzen: Ranking Pop Culture’s Jonathans Throughout the Ages

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According to Alexander Nazaryan at The New Republic, Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens is the best novel of 2013. Lethem is already one of America’s most successful literary authors, and whether or not other reviewers will agree with Nazaryan remains to be seen; but the thing is, none of this is important as the fact that he is a Jonathan. Jonathan is more than just a name; it’s a state of mind and cultural birthright that one must embrace from the day he is born, as each of these top 16 famous Jonathans has …Read More