Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

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?

August 4, 2016

The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’ 3

You don’t need to read ‘Dead People’ front to back; its value lies within its stylish and substantive reconsideration of an ancient form.

July 26, 2016

50 Reasons Why You Should Read Joy Williams 1

I have read it twice now and taken photographs of single pages and recited them as prayers, because prayers should be strange, and they should often sting.

July 5, 2016

Burn after Reading: On Writerly Self-Immolation 5

Burning is a slow, ritualistic death. Why not simply throw away a manuscript?

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.