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post written by: Marc Email The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative transmissions from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations.
This month’s fiction podcast features Charles D’Ambrosio’s “The Point,” read by Matthew Klam, author of “Sam the Cat and Other Stories” and one of the authors included in The New Yorker ’ s 1999 “The Future of American Fiction” issue. Klam remembers reading “The Point” when it appeared in the magazine, in 1990. “It’s stuck with me ever since,” he says. “It’s a story that I’ve kind of kept close all these years.”
A guide to writing for the future Listal/Isa A reader recently wrote me to lightly criticize the fact that I called George Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four "cult-classics," suggesting that they instead merit the inferior term "required reading."