John Freeman teaches writing at Columbia University. He was the editor of Granta magazine, and his criticism has appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, The Tyranny of E-Mail, was published in 2009. His latest book is How to Read a Novelist.

Art of Fiction

John Freeman, the former editor of Granta and author of the new book How to Read a Novelist, knows his literary reviews—he has written for almost 200 publications around the world. He picks his favorite books of criticism, from Updike to Edwidge Danticat.

In the course of an amazing career, John Updike somehow found time to answer letters, grant gracious interviews, and write for everything from The New Yorker to Popular Mechanics.