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Year in Reading

The Millions has kicked off its annual “Year in Reading” series, in which writers mention some of the best books they’ve read in the past year. One of the writers who shares titles from her reading list is Hopkins Review Editor Alice McDermott. You can see a list of all the contributors (as well as contributors […]

In Other Words: Phyllis Berger

This is a video of photographer Phyllis Berger talking about her photographs of Ireland and Brittany, which appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of The Hopkins Review. Berger is the featured artist in the current issue of the journal. You can see more of her work here. A big thank you to our partners at […]

Advice from Nicholson Baker

It’s unnerving to recall that a writer’s published work represents only a tiny fraction of her output. Every good novelist has an abandoned book (or two or three) in the drawer. Every good poet could fill a book (or two or three) with poems not worth publishing. So why can’t we just skip writing all that bad […]

Idleness and Creativity

Sven Birkets is one of the foremost critics of our “Electronic Age.” In this lovely and insightful essay from 2011, he posits that our distracting lives prevent us from reaping the many benefits of idleness. What does he mean, exactly, by idleness? “It is,” he writes, “the soul’s first habitat, the original self ambushed—cross-sectioned—in its […]

The Death of the Novel

All art forms evolve over time. The interest they attract changes according to prevailing tastes and technologies. We’ve all heard it said, and multiple times at that: the novel has no future. Sam Sacks takes issue with the doomsayers in a recent post on the New Yorker’s book blog. Speculating about the future of a […]

Incorporating Criticism

An interesting essay here by novelist Charles Finch, who reflects on the way James Wood influenced his latest novel. Wood is, of course, one of the most prominent literary critics working today. People love him, and people hate him, but there’s no doubt his criticism has shaped the way we think about literature. Finch explains […]

President’s Reading Series: Isabel Wilkerson

The 2013-14 President’s Reading Series begins tomorrow night with a lecture from Isabel Wilkerson. The theme of the reading series is “Literature of Social Import.” It would be difficult to find someone who’s doing work with more social import than Wilkerson. Her most recent book, The Warmth of Other Sons, tells the story of America’s […]

The Value of Creative Writing Programs

In the current issue of the NYRB, Diane Johnson reviews Mark McGurl’s The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (the review is available here, though a subscription is required). McGurl’s book has prompted several notable reviews, including ones by Elif Batuman and Charles McGrath. It’s almost impossible to talk about the role of […]

Prospect Magazine Interview with Dwight Garner

You really ought to check out this great interview with Dwight Garner, book critic for the New York Times. Says Garner on reading good criticism: “There’s nothing like reading a critic in real time. That’s the blue meth.”

Nobel Prize

Our warmest congratulations to Alice Munro. The charms of her fiction are too numerous to count. The Nobel wasn’t necessary to remind us that her work will enchant readers and inspire writers for years to come–though it’s a delight to see honor given where it’s so clearly due.