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Novels
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
John Dos Passos's U.S.A.

Galatea 2.2
Sister Carrie (1, 2)
Middlemarch (1, 2)
Crash (J. G. Ballard)
My Ántonia
The Golden Notebook
Infinite Summer
Big, Ambitious Novels
The Trial
The Juvenility of American Literature
Austerlitz and Copy Editing
Marilynne Robinson at Yale
The Kindly Ones, Littell (1, 2, 3, 4)
Season of Migration to the North
Walter Benn Michaels & Contemporary Fiction (1, 2)
Passing (and Superheroes!)
The Dubya Era Novel
On Bolaño (1, 2, 3, 4)
On David Foster Wallace (1, 2, 3)
Aleksandar Hemon (1, 2, 3)
Junot Díaz (1, 2)
Corregidora, by Gayl Jones (1, 2)
Jane Austen (1, 2)
Revolutionary Road
1000 Books to Read
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
The Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri
Ian McEwan (1, 2)
The Last Samurai, Helen DeWitt (1, 2)
Toni Morrison (1, 2, 3)
Philip Roth (1, 2, 3)

Films of the Aughties
The Metaphysics of Yankee-Hating

Concepts
The Country and the City (1, 2)
Academic & Literary Pet Peeves (1, 2, 3)
Bourdieu and Taste (1, 2)
Melodramas of Beset Manhood
Base and Superstructure
The New Capitalism
Walter Kirn and Elitism
Perry Anderson & Postmodernity (1, 2, 3)
On Generational Irony (1, 2)
The Privacy of Small Audiences
How to Read about Books You Haven't Read

Blogs and Critics

Writing Programs: Mark McGurl and Elif Batuman
Fiction of the Last Ten Years
Mutually Assured Distraction
Reading Resolutions 2010
The Millions List of Best Fiction of the Millennium (1, 2)
Diligent Indolence
The Obligation of Ignorance
Why Read New Books?
New Year's Resolution: No White American Men
What's a Lit-Blog Good For? (1, 2)
Tournament of Books Bracketology (1, 2)
On James Wood (1, 2, 3, 4)
On the 2008 Nobel Prize (1, 2)


Poets
Two Poems Involving Beer by Gary Snyder
Gwendolyn Brooks (1, 2)
Elizabeth Alexander (1, 2)
John Ashbery (1, 2, 3)
Mary Jo Salter and Mary Jo Bang
Kay Ryan
Louise Glück (1, 2, 3, 4)
Wallace Stevens, "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven" (1, 2)
Robert Hass (1, 2, 3)