Articles by Michael Bourne

April 20, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 0

Ever wonder what writing contests do with the money they earn from entrance fees? Poets & Writers has posted detailed 2011 budgets from three of the country’s most prestigious book prizes, collected as part of my piece in the May/June issue of the magazine on the economics of writing contests.

April 10, 2012

The Activity That Dare Not Speak Its Name: My Mother’s Secret Literary Life 14

Tin House? Glimmer Train? What kind of secret life was my 72-year-old mother leading?

March 26, 2012

Staff Pick: E.L. Doctorow’s The Book of Daniel 0

The Book of Daniel is metafiction done right, by an author who cares as much about telling stories as he does about talking about telling stories.

March 23, 2012

I Am Not A Character: On Thomas Mallon’s Watergate 4

One cannot read Watergate without thinking that, in key elements of structure and characterization, Mallon the partisan got the better of Mallon the novelist.

March 13, 2012

Letter from Scott Turow 1

Anyone who cares about the financial viability of the book business should read Author’s Guild President Scott Turow’s open letter on the implications of the government’s threatened anti-trust suit against major publishers and Apple over alleged collusion in e-book pricing.

February 17, 2012

My Neighbor, the Poet Laureate 0

Poets & Writers magazine has posted my interview with my Brooklyn neighbor and U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, along with a lovely recording of him reading his poem “The Mercy.” It’s worth a listen.

January 12, 2012

Post-40 Bloomer: Stephen Wetta’s If Jack’s in Love 1

It may have taken Stephen Wetta 56 years to learn to write like a twelve-year-old, but it was worth the wait.

December 4, 2011

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 1

Esther Freud has written a sharp, emotionally astute novel about what it feels like to let one’s idealism die a slow, quiet death in the pursuit of worldly success, which is just another way of saying she has written a very good novel about what it feels like to grow up.

November 22, 2011

Beyond Holokitsch: Spiegelman Goes Meta 1

Art Spiegelman’s Maus is that rare work of literature that speaks to everyone while pandering to no one. MetaMaus is a record of how Spiegelman pulled off this magic trick.

November 8, 2011

Ryan Gosling San Serif 0

Font geeks will get a kick out of this witty Tumblr site that mashes up glam shots of Ryan Gosling with lessons on the proper, and improper, uses of many typographical fonts and symbols.