Articles by Michael Bourne

June 29, 2012

The High Line: New York’s Monument to Gentrification 29

The High Line is the distressed skinny jeans of public parks, the gourmet taco truck of urban tourist attractions.

June 21, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 2

Prospero, the new arts and culture blog of The Economist, has just posted my piece on literary Brooklyn, which explains how New York’s trendiest borough has become a vertically integrated factory for the production of fiction and poetry.

June 19, 2012

Our First Jadak President: David Maraniss’ Barack Obama 3

Barack Obama is a wholly new kind of American president, part white, part African, who wears sarongs and is fluent in Hawaiian pidgin.

May 23, 2012

Across the Border: Richard Ford’s Canada 8

One comes away from Canada feeling as though a less gifted author was trying to write a knock-off of a Richard Ford novel, and has made a hash of it.

May 8, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 0

The spiffy new Los Angeles Review of Books website has posted my review of Ben Fountain’s new novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.  

May 3, 2012

America’s Jug-Eared Achilles: Robert Caro’s The Passage of Power 2

In this five-volume biography, Caro is trying to write the epic poem of The American Century, with tall, jug-eared, foul-mouthed LBJ as his flawed tragic hero.

April 30, 2012

The Bathrobe Era: What the Death of Print Newspapers Means for Writers 22

We are creating a generation of riff artists, who see their job not as creating wholly new original projects but as commenting upon cultural artifacts that already exist.

April 20, 2012

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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.