The Novel (1991), James A. Michener (Random House)

This might be the best novel about the art and business of writing. Lukas Yoder has just completed his eighth novel, the final installment in a series of books published over a quarter-century. Now he faces a solid year of edits, rewrites, publicity obligations, and self-criticism. Michener, who followed his Pulitzer-winning first book with a … Continue reading The Novel (1991), James A. Michener (Random House)

Gentleman Junkie, Harlan Ellison (Subterranean Press)

This hardcover reprint of the 1955 original paperback showcases the young, raw, sometimes clumsy Ellison, a writer who hasn’t quite developed the storytelling or prose style he will soon become known for. Unusual for Ellison, these stories aren’t science fiction (or, more broadly, speculative fiction). Set during the 1950s, the stories focus on issues that … Continue reading Gentleman Junkie, Harlan Ellison (Subterranean Press)