Articles by Michael Bourne
December 4, 2011
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
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
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.
November 1, 2011
In Blue Nights, Didion is once again following her time-tested formula of setting out a fondly held personal mythos and then smashing it, except that this time the mythos is her own vision of herself as a good mother.
October 24, 2011
In Zone One, as in the original Vietnam-era Living Dead movies, the underlying message seems to be that there is something very destructive in our culture…and it’s spreading.
October 12, 2011
Author Julie Salamon is blessed with that rare talent for not missing the forest for the trees while at the same time being able to see the trees.
September 29, 2011
Can we please stop the nonsense and give Philip Roth a Nobel Prize for Literature before he dies?
September 15, 2011
Jacobs’ message is simple: a city, and thus a society, lives and dies by how well it can build a creative environment for its citizens to innovate their way out of trouble.
September 5, 2011
Brett Ortler, a blogger at Bark, chronicles his effort to figure out why indie publisher, BlazeVOX, wants to charge him $250 to publish his book of poems. Follow-up posts reveal, first, that BlazeVOX has rescinded the pay-to-play scheme, and, second, that it now plans to go out of business by the end of the year.
August 31, 2011
It wouldn’t be a Pelecanos novel if his hero didn’t advance a tiny bit toward manhood and learn something about himself in the process.