What to Read and Why

I was first introduced to novelist and literary critic Francine Prose through her essay collection Reading Like a Writer, so I was intrigued when I found out she had a new collection coming out,

Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve

What word does an author rely on too heavily? Are certain authors more sexist than others? Should we really avoid exclamation points and adverbs?


What is Humbert Humbert was a sexy young teacher? What if she didn’t have to marry into a family to get access to the children, because she was their teacher? What is it like to be a pedophilic sociopath? Those are some of the questions Alissa Nutting grapples with in Tampa,