Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

June 14, 2016

I Will Never Sing Adviser Karaoke at Yearbook Camp 1

In some ways, yearbook camp felt like an extended Tony Robbins seminar. Each morning we met in the auditorium, where one of the staff led us in a group chant to get us fired-up for the day. I am from New Jersey, and only get fired-up for pizza and pork roll sandwiches.

May 20, 2016

Dear Novel: On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript 5

You said that I was trying to turn you into a thriller when you were really a literary novel. You wanted character; I knew agents wanted plot. We fought.

May 4, 2016

The End of the Self Is the End of the Universe 4

Sadness might seem too sincere an emotion to ascribe to a novel written by a postmodernist, but Zero K pushes its readers to feel.

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?