Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3

Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.

January 25, 2017

How Should We Grade Creative Writing? 13

We should give creative writing — this weird, beautiful art that has the power to stir souls — the academic respect it deserves. We owe it to our students.

January 2, 2017

God Talk 2

Catholics don’t have Bible camps. At least not the Catholics I knew.

December 10, 2016

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 0

Robinson is the type of writer who makes me want to slow down, sit down, and calm down.

November 21, 2016

Don’t Worry. Don’t Wait. Write. 3

Worrying has never finished a paragraph or fixed a slow opening. You can worry away your writing life, or you can catch yourself the next time you start to worry, go for a walk, and replace those worries with work.

October 28, 2016

Eight Horror Films About Writers 0

For writers, a room haunted by demons pales in comparison to the fear that our best work is behind us.

October 12, 2016

20 Reasons Why You Should Read Literary Magazines 3

1. The writers you will love tomorrow are being published there today.

September 7, 2016

Weaving Images into Verse: Prose for Poets 0

Poets should write prose. I say this well aware that suggesting how another should write is akin to telling someone how they should raise their children.

September 1, 2016

Sour, Obscene, and Obsessed with Saints 0

Imagine Flaubert’s ‘The Temptation of Saint Anthony’ set behind a Waffle House.

August 8, 2016

Still Searching: Poets on God 1

How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art?