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jm-cornwell's picture
May.26.2012
Some books are a breeze to read, even when they run over 800 pages, and some books, no matter how long or short, are more like slogging through muddy clay wearing lead boots. Books like that often have excellent grammar, wonderful similes and metaphors, and the writing is sublime, but something is...
cara-lorello's picture
Mar.18.2012
It was a tough choice selecting a favorite sex scene from the many books I've read, which don't even include romance novels per se, but who doesn't like a racy love excerpt in the middle of a serious read? It only makes the boring parts better, in my view. In the end, I went with Robbie and...
bob-mustin's picture
Feb.10.2011
The "creative thrust" mentioned in the last post has to do with the relative intimacies of one's writing. These may change from time to time - based on the writer's growth and on his/her intentions toward the text and the reader. For the most part, these intimacies can be summed up this...
dale-estey's picture
Feb.02.2011
  Ian McEwan defends decision to accept Jerusalem prize Pro-Palestinian writers had called on novelist to boycott Israeli award by Stephen Bates Ian McEwan: 'I'm for dialogue, engagement, and looking for ways in which literature ... can reach across political divides'. Photograph: AGF / Rex...
dale-estey's picture
Jan.18.2011
  English author Ian McEwan to be awarded the 2011 Jerusalem Prize During the 25th International Book Fair in Jerusalem   The Jerusalem Prize, Israel's highest literary honor for foreign writers will be awarded this year to the English author Ian McEwan in a ceremony that will...
nina-schuyler's picture
Nov.06.2010
  Ian McEwan's first chapter in Enduring Love uses a technique invaluable to any novel. The novel opens with a hot air balloon drifting overhead. A child is in the basket and a man is dangling from one of the ropes. The narrator leaps up to help, along with a group of men. "We were running...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Aug.04.2010
I’m in between drafts of a novel, so I thought I’d look for something to clear my head. Inspired by a BBC broadcast last week in honor of the 80th birthday of Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, I’ve been working on a musical version of my Palestinian crime novels. (Only in the shower...
jm-cornwell's picture
Aug.04.2010
Ever since I saw the movie Atonement I wanted to read the book. I find out about a lot of writers by watching adaptations of their work. I finally had some time and had Ian McEwan's book, so I sat down and dove into the story. Much of the movie stuck pretty closely to McEwan's book -- until the end...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.27.2010
Malcolm Muggeridge (an old English literateur) once said that George Orwell “was no good as a novelist, because he didn’t have the interest in character.” Well, I didn’t need to tell you who George Orwell was, so you may doubt the judgment of the largely forgotten Muggeridge. But I think he was...
dale-estey's picture
Apr.20.2010
Tina Brown talks to Ian McEwan about his new book, Solar, who he’s voting for in the British elections, and the infamous frozen penis scene. Tina Brown: So your main character, your hero, if you can call him that in Solar is a Nobel scientist who is fat, repulsive, hasn’t had a new idea in 20...