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Marilynne Robinson on her reading habits (her favorite genre is non-fiction), the gap separatingHousekeepingfromGilead(it was a period filled more with productivity than despair), and the literary character she'd most like to meet (Ishmael).A great tradition: the Morning News Tournament of Books, in which the best books from the past year square off against one another, March Madness-style.Teju Cole, author ofOpen City, has posted a series of tweets in which the opening of a famous novel is interrupted by a drone attack. A typical example: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather. A bomb whistled in. Blood on the walls. Fire from heaven."Francine Prose on dreaming in literature.

Anthony Domestico is an assistant professor of literature at Purchase College, SUNY, and the author of Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). He writes Commonweal's "Bookmarks" column.

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