Meg Wolitzer http://kccu.org en 'Speculation' Shows Good Stories Come In Small Packages, Too http://kccu.org/post/speculation-shows-good-stories-come-small-packages-too Jenny Offill's novel <em>Dept. of Speculation</em>, which weighs in at 192 pages soaking wet and includes a fair amount of white space, is extremely short for a novel. It's an unusual book not only in terms of its size, but also its form. Make no mistake, this is an experimental novel. By which I mean that the narrative isn't a series of flowing scenes that keep you reassuringly grounded in plot, but a collection of vignettes, observations and quirky details that are sometimes pulled from real life. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Meg Wolitzer 49505 at http://kccu.org 'Speculation' Shows Good Stories Come In Small Packages, Too Brainy, Fat And Full Of Ideas: 'Night Film' Is A Good-Natured Thriller http://kccu.org/post/brainy-fat-and-full-ideas-night-film-good-natured-thriller Novels are low-tech objects. They can't be plugged in, they've got no buttons or knobs, and they don't make your eyes pop out of your head as you watch creatures or asteroids zigzag across a screen. Usually, novels have no visual aids at all. So if you want to know what Anna Karenina looks like, well, you just have to read the book.<p>But Marisha Pessl's <em>Night Film</em> is eager to bust out of that old-fashioned, "he had blue eyes and she fell to her death" kind of storytelling. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Meg Wolitzer 40343 at http://kccu.org Brainy, Fat And Full Of Ideas: 'Night Film' Is A Good-Natured Thriller In A Campus-Bound Novel, A Thrilling, 'Educational' Affair http://kccu.org/post/campus-bound-novel-thrilling-educational-affair As soon as I hear that a novel is set in a college or a university, I'm in. David Lodge, Richard Russo, Donna Tartt, Chad Harbach — they've all created campuses with an intimate, sometimes cozy feeling that offers an escape from a world that can seem terribly open-gated and impersonal. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Meg Wolitzer 37158 at http://kccu.org In A Campus-Bound Novel, A Thrilling, 'Educational' Affair