Chocolate can cure a lot of things but what about the ailing bookstore? Belgian researchers have found that bookstores that smell like chocolate boost sales, especially of romance novels. What about bacon?
The essay is more than just a literary genre but a lifestyle, and it's dominating American society, Christy Wampole argues. “The genre and its spirit provide an alternative to the dogmatic thinking that dominates much of social and political life in contemporary America,” she writes.
Does it come as any surprise that Lost creator J.J. Abrams would write a book that his editor describes as "the most high concept novel I have ever come across"?
"If the history of the American sentence were a John Ford movie, its second act would conclude with the young Ernest [Hemingway] walking into a saloon, finding an etiolated Henry James slumped at the bar in a haze of indecision, and shooting him dead." Adam Haslett takes on Stanley Fish, Strunk & White, and the art of writing a sentence.