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David L. Ulin

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  • 10 years ago

    Will Eisner, who died on January 3 at 87, essentially reinvented comics as an art. Although his 1978 book A Contract With God is widely considered the first graphic novel, he was pushing the boundaries long before that, with his 1940s crime fighte...

  • 11 years ago

    In 1974 I was a reading-obsessed seventh-grader just discovering adult lit. My favorite book was Breakfast of Champions, newly out in paperback: a surreal explosion of a novel, featuring jokes and silly drawings, and the strangest ending, in which...

  • 15 years ago

    Robert Bingham's first novel, Lightning on the Sun, tells a story we've heard before. Revolving around Asher, a young American in Phnom Penh who stakes everything on a heroin deal only to have it turn on him, the book occupies a landscape of moral...

  • 16 years ago

    Bohemia has always occupied a shadow landscape. Despite its edge of poverty and isolation, it has long appealed as a place where the rejects reject the society that rejected them to create a more legitimate culture of their own. Since the 1960s, h...

  • 16 years ago

    When I was 18, I decided to write a novel by dictating it into a tape recorder. the idea, as I recall, was to avoid the quagmire of writing a first draft, and jump directly to the revision stage. What I found, though, was that in seeking to make m...

  • 17 years ago

    Tn. Coraghessan Boyle has always worn his ego on his sleeve. From the earliest days of his career, he has taken on material most writers won't go near, doing so with a look-at-me grandeur of both conception and style. In his 1987 novel World's End...