The Neapolitan Novels – Elena Ferrante

When the temperature and timing are right, some reading experiences can feel like fever dreams; narrative immersions that keep you up late into the night and transport you across oceans and decades. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels – My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of  a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay…

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) spans multiple generations, tests the boundaries of reality, and commands the hearts and imaginations of its readers. In this interview, our eleventh reader encourages me to dive right into this “larger than life” novel and to not be intimidated by its style or Nobel Prize-winning reputation….

“The Heat Death of the Universe” – Pamela Zoline

Our tenth reader and I sat down on a park bench in the shadow of a private all-boys school to discuss Pamela Zoline’s subversive sci-fi story “The Heat Death of the Universe” (1967). It’s an amazing work of short fiction that deftly portrays a housewife’s nervous breakdown alongside a discussion of physics and cosmology. We…