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Greg Zimmerman

Greg Zimmerman blogs about contemporary literary fiction at The New Dork Review of Books and holds down a full-time gig as a trade magazine editor. Follow him on Twitter: @NewDorkReview.

5 Great Novels About Social Workers

Social work is a demanding, difficult, often thankless job. These hardworking professionals deserve our utmost respect. Sadly, despite being some ...

4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books

Do you want to see a grown man whimper in terror? Place him in a new bookstore with zero experience ...

Five Thoughts on a First Ever Reading of Jane Eyre

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

Five Great 2014 Novels You May Have Missed

One of my favorite annual year-end articles is Slate’s “Overlooked Books” of the year. As is usually the case, this ...

Book To Big Screen: Writers Adapt Their Own Fiction (A Top Five)

It’s a golden age if you’re novelist-slash-screenwriter! In the past, it’s been a relatively rare occurrence that a writer would ...

Five Thoughts on a First Ever Reading of Jane Eyre

A few years ago, I wrote a silly post about literary confessions — one of which was that I frequently ...

Be Gone, Sanctimonious Defenders of the Supposed Literary Canon

Get your rotten vegetables ready, hipsters, cynics, and sanctimonious self-professed defenders of what you view as the literary canon. This ...

How To Set Up Your Fantasy Authorball League

This past Monday was Opening Day for the inaugural season of Book Riot Fantasy Authorball. You’ve never seen eight people ...

How To Play Fantasy Football, Only With Authors

Very soon, all over the country, in suites at the Bellagio, party rooms at Hooter’s, and your mom’s basement, groups ...

Remembering Your Past Through Books

In this great post from June 2012, Rioter Rebecca covers the question about whether book memories are sensory memories — ...

If Heavy Metal Lyrics Were Book Blurbs, Vol. 2

As we’ve learned (maybe to the surprise of many), heavy metal and literature have a rather intimate relationship. To review: ...

Our Reading Lives: Why I Like Difficult Novels

While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our ...

Literary Tourism: A Book Lover’s Guide to Chicago

Welcome to Sweet Home Chicago — the Windy City of Broad Shoulders! Chicago has a rich literary tradition, both in ...

10 Pieces of David Foster Wallace Swag

Is this is the year you finally read Infinite Jest? You have our full encouragement — it’ll be quite the ...

Our Reading Lives: Why I Like Difficult Novels

When I first read David Foster Wallace’s notoriously difficult novel Infinite Jest in the fall of 2008, just weeks after ...