Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:32pm
Salman Rushdie talked about topics ranging from writing methodology to age to immigration at Rackham Auditorium Thursday.

Compared to his prior novel, which was placed only in New York City, the Booker Shortlister falls over a much larger space, with characters traveling during much of the story. In writing his earlier novels, Rushdie remembered telling himself, “Next time, you need to leave town.” It was too restricting, being contained to one space. And so he did.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:02pm
John Lanchester

There is a 10,000-kilometer-long concrete wall surrounding the entirety of the United Kingdom. The world has been shredded by The Change, a climatic disaster that has caused oceans worldwide to swell. The remains of the UK are governed by groomed politicians who are showered in special privileges. In waves, “Others” come desperately to the Wall’s edge to be turned away or killed. “The Wall” is just as ominous and politically drenched — if not more so — as its title suggests.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:08pm
Oyinkan Braithwaite

Do great novels have to be groundbreaking? Probably not. “My Sister” can be a sufficient piece of fiction without offering anything revolutionary.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

There’s a fine line between the creative and the unbearably weird in writing, and again Karen Russell seems to have hit the mark — at least within a margin of error — in her prose. Coming off of the wildly successful “Swamplandia!” that came within range of a Pulitzer Prize, the collection of stories in “Orange World” are normal enough for four of them to have debuted in The New Yorker. This fact alone seems to wrap “Orange World” in a protective coating of regularity, but the collection blaze with magical, visionary creativity.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 5:09pm
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There was some jealousy of my past self and the first, traumatic slog through the book, too, mixed also with a bit of love for the characters in the story.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:37pm
Claudia Rankine

It is also a precarious match: Charlotte’s art centers on the Black experience and its nuances, trying to offer a lens into the space where few are allowed. Charles and Virginia are white, both with a near-obsessive desire to do good politically, collecting art pieces on the experience of Black suffering. By the time the Spencer’s activist son, Alex, joins the dinner a quarter of the way into the play, the tension is choking.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 5:27pm
Robert Fieseler

“Tinderbox” is the product of the discovery of one of these quiet but salient fractures: the Upstairs Lounge fire.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:31pm
Daily Arts Runners

When you can run 3 miles you can run 4, and when you can run 4 you can grossly round up to 7. And then, suddenly, you’re piecing together a marathon team from the largest group of people you see most frequently: Daily Arts.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:50pm
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Even before the halfway mark in “Trump Sky Alpha,” it’s clear that “Trump” is just another paragon of the overworked, poorly-veiled pandering that seems to have soaked into the pages of some new wave literature.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:50am
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Is it possible to achieve the environmental call to action of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in a work of fiction? Richard Powers is resolved to find out.