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The Evolution of the Internet Novel, 1984 to Present: A Timeline

Since at least Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, and now with Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers, we’ve seen the rise of the phrase “Internet novel” — as if anyone knows what that means. 1,075 more words

Books

Rapid Reading Response

Incredible. I’ve just– as in three minutes ago– finished Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story, and am hovering in a state of grateful amazement. 432 more words

David Foster Wallace

Too Little Time

Aren’t things supposed to slow down in summer? Contrary to my expectations, fourteen simultaneous things seem to be happening at once, all the time, with pesky employment-based tasks drawing me away from much more interesting activities that do nothing to help pay the rent. 289 more words

Gary Shteyngart

That tongue in cheek migrant voice

It would be a fool’s errand to ignore the cultural mashups that the Cold War produced. In modern America’s main cosmopolis, New York, there would undoubtedly be a wanderer of a Soviet lineage pushing his way past the fatigued proponents of the American dream. 382 more words

Super Sad True Love Story

Gary Shteyngart, 2010

Imagine a vaguely possible future. The American dollar is nearly worthless and what value it has is pegged to the ¥uan. The only viable or respectable professions are media and retail because America’s dominant cultural value of consumerism outweighs productivity or creativity. 1,357 more words

Fiction

What I'm Reading: Super Sad True Love Story

It’s been a while since I read contemporary fiction, I’m usually more of a classics girl, but when a friend recommended Super Sad True Love Story  221 more words

Contemporary