Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

April 19, 2017

The Video Word Made Flesh: ‘Videodrome’ and Marshall McLuhan 1

Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s classic 1983 film, is perfect viewing for 2017 — the year a man baptized by television becomes president.

April 6, 2017

The Language of Poets: 10 Notable Forms 1

Each poetic form is an opportunity. A new house for words.

April 4, 2017

Start With These Five New Books of Poetry 2

Buy poetry to pause the world, to hide from it, to consider all its hues and microscopic wonders. Buy poetry because poets deserve to get paid.

March 7, 2017

Bring Back the Book Jacket Photo 5

Bring back those full-page portraits that pronounced I wrote a book, damn it.

March 1, 2017

Forty for 40: A Literary Reader for Lent 10

The Lenten narrative is marked by violence, suffering, anticipation, and finally, joy. Back by popular demand, here is a literary reader for Lent: 40 stories, poems, essays, and books for the 40 days of this season.

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3

Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.

January 25, 2017

How Should We Grade Creative Writing? 13

We should give creative writing — this weird, beautiful art that has the power to stir souls — the academic respect it deserves. We owe it to our students.

January 2, 2017

God Talk 2

Catholics don’t have Bible camps. At least not the Catholics I knew.

December 10, 2016

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 0

Robinson is the type of writer who makes me want to slow down, sit down, and calm down.

November 21, 2016

Don’t Worry. Don’t Wait. Write. 3

Worrying has never finished a paragraph or fixed a slow opening. You can worry away your writing life, or you can catch yourself the next time you start to worry, go for a walk, and replace those worries with work.