Articles by Adam Fleming Petty

June 16, 2017

Men in Small Rooms: In Search of Dad Lit 3

I’m a man performing a role that gets coded as feminine, and I might be assuaging my insecurities about occupying such a marginalized position by spinning elaborate fantasies of masculine intellect and profundity.

August 10, 2016

A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: ‘War Porn’ 0

The literature of this war has focused on the homefront to a greater degree than any other conflict in U.S. history. Roy Scranton is having none of this.

May 29, 2015

A Blacker Shade of Pale: On Mat Johnson’s ‘Loving Day’ 1

Loving Day is an entry in a small but vital subgenre: the Comic Mulatto Novel.

February 26, 2015

A Bloodletting: On Mark Doten’s ‘The Infernal’ 8

All the lies and deceit of the last dozen years, the courage shown and the suspicion that it meant little, have been brought together in one place, between the covers of a single book. Here’s hoping that people open it.

July 1, 2014

Is This Really Real Life? Christopher Beha’s Arts & Entertainments 2

Eddie, the main character, no longer wants to be a protagonist. He simply wants to no longer feel like a failure, which is a pretty good definition of adulthood at this moment.