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What's Happening in the Next Room?

So much of our lives fill up the rooms of houses. Especially as our lives move increasingly to the interior, I think we'll see fewer and fewer stories about the great outdoors, and more and more about offices, dens, and TV rooms. The tradition of setting stories amid the small conflicts of drawing rooms and parlors has a long tradition, going back nearly to the origins of the novel itself. If we consider The Tale of Genji or any of the novels of Austen, even grand epics like War and Peace, we can see how important the home is in novels. (Read more »)

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