Mario Vargas Llosa's The Bad GirlThe Nobel Prize winner's novel, reviewed.
Is It a Chamber Pot?Nope! A century-old literary mystery, solved.
Paradise LostCees Nooteboom takes on our jet-fueled millennium.
No Second ChancesThe bracing vision of William Trevor.
Fall Fiction Week at SlateSlate's annual look at the novel.
Fall BooksOur take on this season's books.
For Whom the Shill ToilsHemingway's lost work for Ringling Bros. and Ballantine Ale.
Overlooked Fiction Bloggers and booksellers recommend their favorite little-known reads.
American IngeniousThe sly brilliance of experimental novelist Lynne Tillman.
The Mother LoadEdna O'Brien's dark look at the mother-daughter bond.
Men at WorkThe literary masculinity of Cormac McCarthy.
Reading Faulkner With OprahIt's underrated.
Marjorie MorningstarThe conservative novel that liberal feminists love.
Dear Booker CommitteeIs Zadie Smith really ready to receive your esteemed prize?
Marching OrdersE. L. Doctorow and the problem of historical novels.
I Was Gordon Lish's Editor Not that he let me do any editing.
The Invisible LesbianChallenging the myth of merit-based publishing.
The Lost Art of the RantHow the Web revived a storied tradition of expletive-laced tirades.
Zuckerman UnboundWhat should we make of Philip Roth's alter ego in his declining years?
What's Love Got To Do With It?Mario Vargas Llosa dissects an obsession.
The Great Novel I Never ReadThe Sound and the Fury, Swann's Way,and other books that novelists skipped.
Yokely-Dokely AmericaThe disgracefulness of Charles Frazier.
Governess Gone GothA new edition of Jane Eyre reveals its truly subversive message.
Surprising PowersRichard Powers' scientific humanism.
Novel PleasuresFall Fiction Week at Slate.
The Impermanent PeriodRichard Ford's modern-day Hamlet.
The Plot Doesn't ThickenComparing J.M. Coetzee's Slow Man and Denton Welch's A Voice Through a Cloud.
Fall Fiction WeekSlate's second annual look at the novel.
Darkness at NoonArthur Koestler's milestone anti-Stalinist novel.
What's With All the "National Best Sellers"?How so many books get to the top of the charts.