Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

March 24, 2015

Praise the Colophon: Twenty Notes on Type 1

I call for the return of colophons. Colophons can send us back into books for another level of reading. If we love books, that second reading might be ecstatic in the same way good writing can lift us.

March 11, 2015

When Students Workshop Their Teacher 2

I recognize that some teachers will hesitate to cede power to their students in this manner. But if I am willing to let a classroom of teenagers read, edit, and critique my work, then undergraduate and graduate instructors might consider it.

February 25, 2015

Bugged and Bruised: On Jason Ockert’s ‘Wasp Box’ 1

Ockert reveals how sometimes evil arrives not with a bang or a whimper, but with the calming buzz of the inevitable.

February 17, 2015

Forty for 40: A Literary Reader for Lent 2

Lent is the most literary season of the liturgical year. The Lenten narrative is marked by violence, suffering, anticipation, and finally, joy. Here is a literary reader for Lent: 40 stories, poems, essays, and books for the 40 days of this season.

January 28, 2015

Conversation as Performance: On ‘BOMB: The Author Interviews’ 2

Writer interviews serve a strangely utilitarian purpose. “Inspire” might be a thin word in our cynical literary present, but dare I say that reading these conversations made me want to handwrite excerpts on index cards and lean them against books on my shelves.

January 16, 2015

The Last English Teacher 12

It is possible to be cold-hearted and teach, but why do so? Students experience enough private pain some days to fill a lifetime. Literature can be the salve for a weary heart.

December 7, 2014

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 0

Bone Map was a reminder of how it felt to be devastated, made new by poetry. I can’t expect much more from a book.

November 27, 2014

Gestation of Ideas: On Vertical Writing and Living 16

I am not a writer first. I have a family, and without them I would have little reason to want to write — or to do anything else. My desire to create is held in silence during the day, so that my literary moments can be focused and absolute.

November 17, 2014

An Ode to Photocopies: 50 Versions 4

There are a lot of words worth sharing. Photocopies are my contribution to this literary communion.

November 7, 2014

Blood Brothers: On Mike Meginnis’s ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’ 2

‘Fat Man and Little Boy’ is what it would sound like if Dylan Thomas wrote about the atomic bomb.