Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

July 26, 2016

50 Reasons Why You Should Read Joy Williams 0

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 4

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.

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.