Books I Read in 2011 (subtitle: reading is sexy)
Last year I posted a list (on Facebook) of all the books I read (or reread) in 2010. By popular demand, I present my 2011 list so far— I’ll probably read more books in December now that I am done writing my novel. This year I reread a lot of books (probably because reading new books was distracting to my writing process). Here they are, in the order in which I read them. Books...
Obituary for Stalin's daughter, who defected to... →
Kind words about my work →
Thank you, Guernica. Thank you, PEN American... →
A lot of people spell my name wrong. It’s Elliott with 2 L’s and 2 T’s, but the second T gets chopped off all the time. It’s like my phantom limb. I feel it even when it’s not there.
An excerpt of my novel →
I’m almost finished with a novel (working title: Fallout, though that’s going to change) that is set in Washington, D.C. in the early 1980’s and in Moscow in the mid-1990’s. (Yes, I grew up in Washington, and yes, I lived in Moscow in the late 1990’s, but no, this is not autobiographical.) It’s part international mystery, part coming-of-age story. Here’s a very short excerpt on the PEN...
In which I get quoted on Russian politics.... →
They spelled her name wrong, but my sister is quoted in this article.
Essential Reading About the Death Penalty →
David Grann in The New Yorker in 2009.
Email the judge who could stop Troy Davis's... →
Allegedly, Judge Penny Freesemann can grant Troy Davis a stay of execution. Her email is: email@example.com There’s not much time left. The execution is scheduled for 7 pm EST tonight. He was convicted on the basis of witness testimony, but seven of the nine original witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony.