Mia Lipman
Omnivoracious Editor
Mia Lipman’s oodles of books (including the complete John Berger, Julian Barnes, Jeanette Winterson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Philip Roth, and Colette) are shelved by genre and alphabetized by author so she can always find the one she wants. Yes, she really has that many. No, the genres aren’t alphabetized. Even nerds have limits.

Recent posts by Mia


The Sanity of Falling Short: An Interview with Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead knocked it out of the park with her debut novel, Seating Arrangements, a comedy (and drama—I refuse to say “dramedy”) of manners that garnered accolades, awards, and comparisons to the likes of John Cheever. Her sophomore effort, Astonish Me, is just as polished but much wider-ranging. It follows...

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Therapy in Reverse: An Interview with Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is the award-winning author of 14 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Pulitzer Prize finalist The Poisonwood Bible. Her latest novel, Flight Behavior, was selected by Amazon's editors as a Best Book of the Month and one of our Best Books of the Year in 2012. We sat...

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The Neurological and the Divine: An Interview with Oliver Sacks

Physician and professor Oliver Sacks is the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings, and Musicophilia, among many other works. A few months ago, Dr. Sacks—whose moving, fascinating collections of case studies nearly convinced this diehard fiction reader to major in neuroscience instead of literature—graciously...

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Trend Stetting 23: Playing the Links

"If there's one thing that etymology proves conclusively, it's that the world is a wretched place," Mark Forsyth cheerfully informs us in his bestselling language guide The Etymologicon, out in a bright yellow paperback edition this month. Marrying cheek and melancholy as only the British can (full disclosure for new...

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Too Good to Be True: An Interview with Benjamin Anastas

Benjamin Anastas's first novel, An Underachiever's Diary, was hailed as the "funniest, most underappreciated book of the 1990s"; his second, The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor's Disappearance, was named a New York Times Notable Book. Then Anastas's personal and professional lives fell apart. His new memoir, Too Good to Be...

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Trend Stetting 22: Judgment Day

Lauren Leto is the coauthor of Texts from Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending, published in 2010, which I’d touch only if I were, say, stuck in a hostel in Italy on a Sunday without another page of English in sight. (This may or may not be...

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Trend Stetting 21: Getting Schooled

I didn’t go in for much slang as a kid, having had like drilled out of me by an academic dad and a serious reading habit centered on Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Anne of Green Gables. Articulate companions all. Then I spent the summer after high school in Berkeley,...

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Apocalypse Never

For the other side of the argument, check out Chris Schluep's entry Apocalypse Now. Of all the questions we curious humans ask ourselves, the most potent begin with "What if…?" What if you were trapped on a desert island with only 10 albums? What if you had to choose between...

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Heading Out to Wonderful: An Interview with Robert Goolrick

Robert Goolrick, author of the runaway bestseller A Reliable Wife and a bracingly dark and honest memoir, The End of the World As We Know It, has written a marvelous new novel called Heading Out to Wonderful. Old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, the story begins with a...

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Trend Stetting 20: Brief Case

What if I told you that a 200-page prose poem is the most useful guide to writing that I've come across in ages? Before you run away shrieking, consider the man behind the effort. New York Times contributor and editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg—the versatile author of three books on...

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