There’s a pretty fine (but sadly incomplete) glossary of new terms for those among us with a literary bent.
memoir: From the Latin memoria, meaning “memory,” a popular form in which the writer remembers entire passages of dialogue from the past, with the ultimate goal of blaming the writer’s parents for his current psychological challenges.
novel: A quaint, longer form that fell out of fashion with the advent of the memoir.
clandestine science fiction novel: A work set in the future that receives a strong reception from the literary world as long as no one mentions that it is, in fact, science fiction; for example, The Road, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
pop culture essay: An essay written by someone who prefers to shop or watch television.