An interview with Jonathan Lethem, in which he has some interesting things to say about the term "magical realism": "Actually, not at all. I've always resisted the phrase, finding both terms – "magic" and "realist" – shaky at best, with unwelcome or unexamined assumptions camped out all around them. Some of this reaction is deeply rooted: as a child I hated the whole disingenuous kabuki of stage magicians. I identified with "Hot town, summer in the city" but not "Do You Believe In Magic?"."
And the Guardian has some fun rounding up writers rules for fiction. I think I find Anne Enright's the most useful as a whole, and especially like: "Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn't matter how "real" your story is, or how "made up": what matters is its necessity." Will have to look up some of her work.