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The nymphet strikes back By Jennifer Kornreich
In a controversial new novel told from Lolita's point of view, the girl is vicious, conniving and not very convincing.

Too darn hot By Julia Gracen
Romance fans clash over a new breed of explicit, kinky love story.

The test that took over By Caleb Crain
Nicholas Lemann flunks the SAT-worshipping American meritocracy.

What's ailing men? By Jonathan Miles
In her fat new investigation of male malaise, Susan Faludi finds the culprit in the culture.

A tempest around "Isaac's Storm" By Craig Offman
The bestseller's author answers a meteorologist's charges of inaccuracy.

How Dawn Powell can save your life By Gerald Howard
Ground down in a world driven by envy, greed and hypocrisy? America's wittiest satirist can help.

Married, with books By Lindsay Amon
A couple discovers that love includes many trials -- including the unexpected task of merging, and purging, their libraries.

Who killed Brooklyn? By Lorin Stein
Novelist Jonathan Lethem returns to his hometown to find it almost as strange as his own fiction.

An honorable murderer? By Nan Goldberg
The legendary defense attorney Alan Dershowitz talks about the justice of revenge, the success of genocide and his new ethical thriller.

Sells like Teen Spirit By Alissa Quart
Savvy about the media, steeped in pop psychology, today's kids have problems the experts still don't understand.

Jelly maker By Larry S. Platt
Despite what liberal critics say, Michael Jordan is the true heir to the radical legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Disney-planned By Saul Anton
Reviled, praised and mercilessly scrutinized, Celebration is a town that even its journalist residents don't understand.

Falun Gong By Mark Wallace
What the religious leader who made China tremble has to say for himself.

Bad blood By Charles Taylor
In his new novel, author Roddy Doyle ("The Committments") ventures into the bitter heart of a terrorist.

Polite literature By George Rafael
Strunk and White's much-revered "The Elements of Style" has sapped the life from American writing.

The clothed city By Charles Taylor
E.B. White's "classic" book on Gotham is downright phony. (09/02/99)

The respectable cult By Laura Miller
A new book asks why Christian Science has gotten away with the kind of paranoid, secretive practices that usually push religions into the kook bin.

The suffering Irish By Daniel Reitz
What will Erin's literary artists write about now that their motherland has found its pot of gold?

America the brutal By Andrew O'Hehir
In his follow-up to "Angela's Ashes" Frank McCourt confronts the indignities of immigrant life.

The Clinton marriage By Jake Tapper
At this point, we'll believe anything, but a trashy new bestseller still strains credibility.

Ted and Ollie By Zick Rubin
A long-lost first draft of "Love Story" reveals that the inspiration for Oliver Barrett IV was one lonely guy with a mighty big manifesto.

The not-so-sweet life By Jeff Weinstein
A diabetic restaurant critic reflects on the disease that taught him how a body can die.

"To my executors" By Ken Kalfus
Witnessing the furor over posthumously published books by Ernest Hemingway and Ralph Ellison, a novelist engineers his own literary legacy.

Counter-evolutionary By Mark Wallace
Baffled by the dumping of Darwin in the Sunflower State? Bone up on creationism and Kansas.

Uncle Sam wants you -- in the dark By Jeff Stein
The Navy is trying to sink an exposé of the phony "gay" scandal behind the explosion on the USS Iowa.

Crackpot authorities By Mark Wallace
From Wilhelm Reich to Julian Jaynes to H.W. Fowler, I sing of the brilliant, the ambitious and the just a bit mad.

My "Outlander" thing By Gavin McNett
How a brainy guy like me wound up reading historical romance novels and loving them.

You meet the nicest folks in porn theaters By Craig Seligman
Gay writer Samuel Delany mourns the late, great and sweetly raunchy Times Square.

Wild children By Charles Taylor
Gloomy, morbid, doomed and glorious, Goth kids frighten adults, but they're part of a grand -- and essential -- tradition of outsider audacity.

Shelve it under unfiction By Andrea Siegel
Requests for books on send, R and taxidermy were the easy questions during my first month at a bookstore info desk.

Summer reading By the staff of Salon Books
What the hot, the cool and the controversial are reading this season.

A Trotskyite libertarian cyberpunk? By Andrew Leonard
Ken MacLeod, science fiction's freshest new writer achieves the highly improbable with wit and style.

An engine of anarchy By Andrew Leonard
Ken MacLeod talks about his rebellious youth, his political paradoxes and the visionary power of cyberpunk.

The downloadable boy By Ken MacLeod
An excerpt from Ken MacLeod's "The Cassini Division."

Kiss and tell By Jennifer Kornreich
For a sex columnist who's crude, self-destructive and outrageous enough to make her colleagues cringe, Amy Sohn is a &*%$ good novelist.

The never-ending war By Zachary Karabell
Even in hindsight, no one -- soldier or journalist, politician or scholar -- can agree on what went wrong.

Unrequired Reading By Ray Sawhill
Publishing jobs turn the pleasure of reading into a chore. Here's what editors read when they're playing hooky.

Dr. Strange Love By Curt Holman
Arthur Schnitzler's paranoid, erotic 1926 novella inspired Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut."

He remembers Papa By Jon B. Rhine
They fought about politics, he stole Hemingway's girl. An old war buddy reminisces.

The Matt Drudge of porn By Michelle Goldberg
A tortured conservative Jew dishes Internet gossip on the industry he lusts to hate.

Profiler By David Bowman
John Douglas, the real-life model for Thomas Harris' serial-killer expert handicaps the O.J., Ramsey and Dahmer cases. Oh, and David Byrne, too.

Salinger and me By J.B. Miller
My excellent adventures with the author of "The Catcher in the Rye."

The pissed-off muse By Abby Ellin
She dreamed of being immortalized in literature -- until he showed her his manuscript.

Totally RIP-ed By Jonathon Keats
The strange story of Lenin's embalmers and a collection of cheeky epitaphs suggest that the Reaper may not be so grim after all.

Making a monster By Laura Miller
"White Oleander" author Janet Fitch talks about creating a wicked woman, the debacle of film school and becoming an overnight success after 20 years.

Kafka of the Great White North By Anne Beatts
Franz's niece takes the Yukon.

The free market or your soul By Gavin McNett
Two conservative pundits play a game of moral Twister trying to reconcile consumerism and traditional values.

Salon's 20 most marketable writers under 40 By Carina Chocano
Scanning the horizon for the hottest talents of the 21st century, we got a little dizzy and had to sit down.

Total Quality Dating By Carina Chocano
Self-help gurus are trying to turn the search for romance into a corporate headhunt.

Has Feminism Changed Science? By Margaret Wertheim
Two new books enter the dangerous territory where cold facts meet hot tempers.

Advice for real men By Cary Tennis
A writer's guidelines for being a "standup guy" look more like a primer on chickening out.

Dangerous love By Julia Gracen
The murder of a romance novelist by her dashing but abusive husband has fans asking tough questions.

The wages of thin By Mary Elizabeth Williams
"The Skinny" wants to be the world's first humorous diet book, but it's weighed down by its own neuroses.

Off his feed By David Bowman
Thomas Harris' undigestible mixture of black comedy and sublime horror causes one fan to lose his appetite.

Every book is a lesbian book By Dorothy Allison
The author of "Bastard out of Carolina" recalls how her youthful imagination found Sapphists under the most unlikely covers.

The master's last word By Colson Whitehead
"Juneteenth" offers a tantalizing new slice of Ralph Ellison's genius for capturing America's racial conundrums.

The (un)friendly witness of Christopher Hitchens By Charles Taylor
The journalist brings all his bile to bear on the president he hates.

Mute no more By Robert Templer
Indonesia's greatest novelist reflects on his nation's upcoming election and on the crimes of his archenemy, Suharto.

The boy in the graveyard By Daniel Mendelsohn
A young man finds that the path to seduction winds through some treacherous territory.

"We're a long way from the end of this" By Dan Cryer
Alger Hiss' son talks about his new memoir, "The View From Alger's Window," and the espionage case that wouldn't die.

A baffling man By Vince Passaro
Although David Foster Wallace doesn't act the way an author should, his brilliant new book is filled with desperation, loneliness and addiction.

It takes a worried man By Roger Gathman
Stephen Dixon's brilliant new novel takes the American male beyond adolescence.

In defense of science fiction By John Clute
Readers looking for inventive literary fiction need to look beyond the lurid book covers.

The phantom manuscript By Wes Tooke
"Ulysses 1" fever is blooming all over as stores prepare for onslaught of Joyce fans.

Not talented enough By Ellie Forgotson
A "promising" writer finishes her first novel and faces her worst fear.

Bark, growl, snort By Susan McCarthy
These writers want to speak for the animals. Maybe that's because animals can't tell them to shut up.

"Turn of the Century" By James Poniewozik
Kurt Andersen's little big novel of the New York media world searches the noise for signal -- and finds it.

For love and money By Charles Taylor
A '40s English novel, recently reissued, glitters with the hard edge of Madonna's "Material Girl."

Cowboy love By Lily Burana
For city women, the Wild West is a risky fetish. For city men, it's a dirty job.

Poison penpals By Craig Offman
Salon interviews a serial killer groupie who corresponded with John, Richard, Chuck and Jeff.

Red flag By Stephanie Zacharek
In "The Curse," Karen Houppert rages against the shame women feel about menstruation.

Fightin' words By Jennifer Kabat
The British are talking trash and taking bets in the tussle over the U.K.'s next poet laureate.

Bad dirt By Bill Donohue
The author of "Peyton Place" implicated her neighbors in many sins. Now, they're returning the favor.

An excerpt from "Peyton Place" By Grace Metalious
Grace Metalious re-creates a notorious Gilmanton murder.

Breaking up with the Beats By David Gates
Kerouac and Ginsberg were my first literary loves -- but I had to get off their road.

True crime By Ted Gideonse
Vanity Fair reporter Maureen Orth blames gay society for the crimes of Andrew Cunanan.

Story love By Jean Hanff Korelitz
I was a literary snob until I learned to stop pooh-poohing plot.

Spurious George: A geek tragedy By Jake Tapper
In yet another tell-all book about President Clinton, former aide Stephanopoulos offers a tour de force of betrayal, self-loathing and self-promotion

Remembering Andre Dubus By Richard Ravin
A friend recalls the generosity of a big writer and a big man

The case of the brokenhearted father By David Bowman
The case of the brokenhearted father: the real-life tragedy that haunted Ross Macdonald

The big baby By Joan Walsh
Forget "The Death of Outrage." If the right really wants to win the Culture War, it should pass out copies of "Monica's Story."

Monica's nightmare By Charles Taylor
There's nothing balanced or objective about Andrew Morton's book. That's why it rings so true

Starring Monica Lewinsky, as herself By Liesl Schillinger
She was universally reviled -- until the public got a chance to hear her speak and, now, to read her version of events

I know why the untuned Thunderbird pings By Todd Lappin
Maya Angelou delivered the inspirational speech to the National Automobile Dealers Association. And guess what? It worked.

Black but not like me By Jill Nelson
A journalist slouches into a party celebrating the black elite -- whatever that is

"It's the Stupidity, Stupid" By Harry Shearer
In this excerpt, Shearer wonders if we should hate the people who hate President Clinton

Two nations under God By Carol Lloyd
American spirituality is torn between hellfire fundamentalism and New Age navel-gazing -- and sometimes they're hard to tell apart

Give me that Prime Time religion By Mark Schone
In his new born-again book, Deion Sanders asks not what he can do for Jesus, but what Jesus can do for him

Great American novelist By Jonathan Keats
It's time to add Bret Easton Ellis to the canon

It keeps right on a-hurtin' By Charles Taylor
In his masterful account of Elvis Presley's decline, Peter Guralnick has written an American tragedy with a rock 'n' roll beat

The making of an American historian By Carol Lloyd
After 12 years, two children, three jobs and a decade in the Yankee limelight, British-born journalist Harold Evans unveils a tribute to his adopted country

Colson Whitehead's alternate New York By Laura Miller
His brainy, gritty first novel about a black elevator inspector, "The Intuitionist," is a formidable literary debut.

Excerpt An excerpt from Colson Whitehead's "The Intuitionist"

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