Articles by Nick Ripatrazone
October 21, 2013
What is the wider cultural influence of literary magazines? I am not sure there needs to be one.
September 17, 2013
Most reviews of novellas begin with similar elements: the writer’s arbitrary word count parameter, why “novella” sounds more diminutive than “short novel,” and a lament that publishers are unwilling to support the form. This essay is not such an apology.
June 7, 2013
The machine of college football, of American athletics as a whole, would not exist without people like me: people who complain about the world of sports, but who still play. People like me, who forgive the sins, who forget the scandals, because of innocence, ignorance, or both.
April 16, 2013
Catholic literature is thriving. Some are Catholic, some write about Catholic themes and characters, and some react against Catholicism.
August 1, 2012
Writers I publish with give a look of pain when I tell them I teach high school, wondering how I have any remaining interest or energy to write. I argue that I not only have sufficient time — the summers certainly help — but the emotional freedom that sometimes is only provided through job security.
April 17, 2012
Belief in surviving POWs “could be regarded as the closest thing we have to a national religion.” It is still difficult for me to read the questions that Gordo’s parents typed on the flyer: “Did you know our son?” “Which camp was he in?” “How was he treated?” “Do you know if our son received any of our mail?”
February 15, 2012
The economy of literary magazines appears to be a closed system. Money is tight, payment is low, and subscriptions and institutional support appear to be the final hope for sustenance. Does it have to be that way?