Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

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 11

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.

October 23, 2014

Ruined, Old, Endless: On Blake Butler’s 300,000,000 9

Butler’s central trope has always been the idea of homes, our private Americas. But Butler’s house has many rooms. 300,000,000 is a new testament; what happens when prose becomes prophecy.

September 29, 2014

God and Gab: The Second Sex by Michael Robbins 2

Michael Robbins is our contemporary poet laureate for beautiful sins of language.

September 11, 2014

Heart of Darkness: On William Giraldi’s Hold the Dark 0

Between the many bullets and arrows, Giraldi is also building an examination of evil. This is a new Catholic fiction, one forged in the smithies of writers who reject belief but retain reverence for religious language.

August 25, 2014

The Longest Silence: On Writing and Fishing 3

Fishing, like writing, is a stab at permanence in a world of waiting.