Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

April 28, 2016

Writing for Readers and Other Taboos 7

Readers — living, breathing readers who are imperfect and stubborn and yet often rewarding with their time and attention, and hopefully, their monetary support — are the lifeblood of writing.

April 8, 2016

Enormous Zippers Unfastening: Ten Poems for the End of the World 3

Novelists and essayists ponder the apocalypse, but poems are particularly suited toward capturing the anxiety of the end.

March 18, 2016

The Devil Works in Mysterious Ways 3

New England horror is less about surprise and more about the slow burn of suffering. In Hollywood, horror sneaks into your home, leaps from behind doors; in New England, horror festers in your soul.

March 1, 2016

Theaters of the Mind: Radio & Literature 4

Radio is like literature, like our thoughts: moving, shifting, often clouded in static, and yet sometimes out of the maddening noise comes clarity.

February 10, 2016

55 More Thoughts for English Teachers 3

There are far more dangerous professions than teaching, but few are more difficult.

February 9, 2016

Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections 0

A masterful essay collection is a metered intellectual exercise. Here are four essay collections worth reading: writers who challenge, surprise, and eventually reward their readers for staying the course.

January 25, 2016

The Golden Child: Seven Literary Editors Pick Their Favorite Issues 1

How can you possibly have a favorite amongst your children?

January 5, 2016

The Whispered Language of Secrets and Fears: Ten Poems for People Who Hate Poetry 6

Novels might bore, and short stories can frustrate, but poetry is the only genre of literature that elicits consistent hate.

December 13, 2015

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 1

A great anthology will happily and humbly exist in the service of its writers, and will appreciate when readers put the collection down and seek more and more of the words that truly stir them. I’m thankful for such an experience twice in a single year.

November 23, 2015

Born from Books: Six Authors on Their Childhood Reading 0

Reading was a sort of sanctuary to me. Our flat was small and our family had a lot of kids and reading was a way for me to be by myself for a while.