Articles by Nick Moran

April 14, 2012

In Which F. Scott Fitzgerald Gets Compared to The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson 0

Kirk Curnutt takes readers on a tour of of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s oft-neglected commercial short fiction. Fitzgerald, after all, “produced 160 short stories [in his life],” writes Curnutt, “earning a total of $241,453 off the genre — more than $3 million in today’s dollars.” Yet the author didn’t think highly of the work, and even […]

April 11, 2012

Is it just a Russian thing? 0

Jennie Erdal asks, “What is the modern equivalent of the philosophical novel?”

April 11, 2012

$200,000? Who Said Publishing’s On the Outs? 0

Aspiring novelists, take note: when you get a $200,000 advance for one of your books, don’t buy any clothes.

April 11, 2012

Data-Mining, The Trial, and America 0

“Joseph K., that icon of single-lettered anonymity from Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial,” writes Tom Engelhardt for Guernica, “would undoubtedly have felt right at home in [James] Clapper’s Washington.”

April 11, 2012

Reject Yourself! 0

The first time’s always the hardest, right? Well, what if you could dull the pain of future rejection letters by preempting your favorite publication’s editors? That’s right. Now you can reject yourself with the Rejection Generator. And just to show that we’re not taking sides on this issue, check out some of the utter dross […]

April 11, 2012

Next Up: Volcanic Vodka 0

What’s cooler: bourbon aged at sea, or beer made from barley launched into space?

April 11, 2012

Springfield, Springfield, It’s a Hell of a Town! 0

In a big reveal to devout fans like me, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally copped to the fictional Springfield’s real-life inspiration: Springfield, Oregon. Of course this matter has been widely pondered before, and was perhaps even answered by Paul Nelson and his cohorts at

April 9, 2012

Everything Flows 0

Have you seen this stunning map which shows “the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US?” It’s positively hypnotic.

April 9, 2012

Next Step: Skynet Becomes Self-Aware 0

James Harriman-Smith wants to know what humans can learn from a computer’s reading of Shakespeare’s plays. As it turns out, there’s quite a bit.

April 9, 2012

Authors Upon Authors 0

The Guardian asked a bunch of authors, including Hilary Mantel, Geoff Dyer, and Ian Rankin, which books they “regularly reread and which novels they are desperate to unlock the secrets of.” Check out John Banville’s abiding fixation on the works on F. Scott Fitzgerald.