Articles by Nathan Scott McNamara

November 30, 2016

How Do I Know I Want to Publish a Book? Vague Nausea: The Millions Interviews Danielle Dutton 0

And this is very often the case, that it’ll take only moments for me to sense that I’ve found the right next book — when this is happening, in those rare and wonderful moments, I actually feel somewhat physically unwell. It’s like I’m literally being overwhelmed by what I’m reading.

October 14, 2016

Bartleby Meets Cujo: On Matías Celedón’s ‘The Subsidiary’ 0

Celedón wrote this book with an antique stamp collection he found at an office supply sale. The result feels as much like an art exhibit, as it does a novel.

January 20, 2015

Is ‘Jesus’ Son’ a ‘Red Cavalry’ Rip-Off? 2

What does Denis Johnson mean by calling his most iconic book a “rip-off” of Red Cavalry? In terms of locations and circumstances, the books are radically different. But, on closer look, they actually do share a lot in common.

October 27, 2014

When Updike Met Barth 8

Barth continued to express admiration and respect toward Updike. Updike returned the praise, though more often with soft mentions that he hadn’t quite finished Barth’s most recent books.