Articles by Brian Ted Jones

April 12, 2012

The Books We Come Back To 62

It shows adulthood and devotedness, I think, to try and get back to a book you love, every four seasons or so. So which books do you all reread yearly, or biannually, or quadrennially, or decennially, and why?

April 6, 2012

Even David Foster Wallace Nods 14

Where Wallace probably went wrong was in confusing the Greek nomos, meaning “law,” with onoma, meaning “name.”

February 14, 2012

Special Effects: Gone with the Wind and Genre Difficulties 5

If the takeaway from this essay is that Gone with the Wind lacks the status of an epic romance — that it is, in fact, nothing but a love story with two rather bratty protagonists — my wife is not going to be happy with me.

November 10, 2011

Of Fracking and Franzen: Is Strong Motion Coming True in Oklahoma? 12

I cannot imagine the circumstances under which I would discover that my actions had caused an earthquake. But I think if I did, my next move would probably be to stop doing whatever it was I was doing — not to figure out a way to live with the earthquakes. Because if energy companies actually believe that fracking causes earthquakes — and if they continue to frack — where does it end?

August 26, 2011

‘There It Is’: Vietnam and the Generosities of Fiction 8

If there were no such thing as fiction, we’d have had to invent it, if we ever wanted to make sense out of a thing like the Vietnam War.