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My review of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for The Financial Times: http://on.ft.com/NayXfN

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain, Canongate, RRP£16.99, 307 pages Watching an American football game in 2004, Ben Fountain noticed a group of soldiers playing a bit part in an over-the-top halftime show by girl group Destiny’s Child. From that momentary blip of absurdity, Fountain has fashioned a novel that speaks, with great [...]

Rodrigo Corral and I on The Submission’s black cover at www.TalkingCovers.com

(for visuals and posts about other covers go to the website: Talking Covers) THE SUBMISSION (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011) For many months The Submission had a different cover entirely (it’s on the galley) which had appealing elements but didn’t seem to cohere. Perhaps I had been spending too much time with my characters, but [...]

Some Thoughts on “All-American Muslim” and Lowe’s

Most of my television watching comes on DVDs months after the fact, so I haven’t seen “All-American Muslim.” Nor have I ever shopped at Lowe’s. (I have, however, bought many plane tickets through Kayak, which has now revealed itself to be as weak as Lowe’s, for half the flak.) But I’ve been following the controversy, [...]

My post for Amazon’s blog: http://www.omnivoracious.com/2011/08/amy-waldman-on-the-submission.html

I was in New York on September 11, 2001, working as a reporter for The New York Times. In the days and weeks that followed, I wrote about children who had lost parents; families being notified of confirmed deaths; ashes poured into urns. Then I went overseas to cover the world’s — and our — [...]

About thesubmissionnovel.com

This website is a collage of sources that fed into The Submission — a random snapshot of my brain when I was working on the novel. Some squares correspond to characters or locations in the novel; others concern history, art, politics, religion, gardens, and memorials. This Wall Street Journal essay gives a glimpse of how [...]