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By the Book: Robert Coover

THE POSTMODERN NOVELIST AND AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF ‘GOING FOR A BEER: SELECTED SHORT FICTIONS’ LIKES TO ‘SAVE THE FUN STUFF (WRITING AND BOOK READING) FOR AFTER MIDNIGHT.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: “The Blue Guitar,” by John Banville, “The Accidental Mind,” by David J. Linden, “4 3 2 1,” by Paul Auster, several issues of Dædalus (currently reading the “Russia Beyond Putin” and “The Changing Rules of War” issues, but there are others in the stack) and “Zero K,” by Don DeLillo. Just finished Richard Powers’s brilliant “Orfeo.” Masterpiece.

Q: What influences your decisions about which books to read? Word of mouth, reviews, a

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