Articles by Michael Bourne
February 13, 2017
Without that truth-seeking ecosystem of healthy small- and mid-size daily newspapers to explain national news in terms local readers can understand, Americans are left stewing in separate echo chambers, one urban, educated, and liberal, the other working-class, rural, and spoiling for a fight.
December 4, 2016
The election of Donald Trump on a wave of white aggrievement changed the way I read A Country Road, a Tree, as I suspect it will change the way I read and understand everything in the years to come.
August 2, 2016
That sound you hear in the background is the world’s smallest violin playing “New York, New York.”
July 18, 2016
Isenberg appears to have decided to write a history of poor white America and then persuaded herself that poor black America was only tangential to her story.
June 21, 2016
I’ll ban all books by immigrant writers until we can figure out what the hell is going on with the Western Canon.
June 9, 2016
Like many men who pride themselves on their toughness and self-reliance, Hemingway was almost comically insecure and prone to betray anyone who had the effrontery to do him a favor.
June 6, 2016
There is so much I wish I could unknow about Emma Cline and her debut novel The Girls.
December 20, 2015
So this is what it would be like to meet one of my favorite authors while on acid.
November 24, 2015
After Adam Johnson’s surprise win of the National Book Award for Fortune Smiles last week, readers new to Johnson’s work may also want to make room on their Christmas wish lists for his 2012 novel, The Orphan Master’s Son.
November 2, 2015
It can take more talent, determination, and hard work to write one good paragraph than an entire lousy book.