Articles by Nick Moran

April 26, 2014

Early Chaucer Manuscript Put Online for All to See 0

The “Hengwrt Chaucher,” one of the most significant early manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales, has been put online for the entire world to see thanks to the efforts of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

April 26, 2014

Carrying on García Márquez’s Torch 0

After the passing of Gabriel García Márquez, the team of Reed Johnson, Juan Forero, and Sara Munoz had cause to opine within the pages of the Wall Street Journal, who are the other “post-boom Spanish-language fiction writers whose works continue to redraw the map of Latin literature?” They list six suggestions, but I think one […]

April 26, 2014

“As a goal in life, you could do worse than ‘try to be kinder.'” 0

The Above Average team animated an adaptation of George Saunders’s Syracuse University commencement speech, “The Importance of Kindness.” (You can read the original over here.) The speech has since been expanded, and it was published this past week.

April 26, 2014

“but for now it’s dust in our teeth” 0

Recommended Reading: “Appalachian Farewell” by Mark Wagenaar.

April 20, 2014

Edwidge Danticat on Gabriel García Márquez 0

“I had always felt that [Gabriel] García Márquez’s short stories often took a back seat to his longer works, and that his deadpan dark humor was not discussed often enough,” writes Edwidge Danticat.

April 20, 2014

Roger Angell on the Triple Play 0

Even those who detest the sport can feel the joys of reading Roger Angell’s baseball writing. Case in point: his latest dispatch, in which he remarks on a recent triple play by saying, “What’s great about [triple plays] isn’t really their scarcity but the fact that they beautifully illustrate the invisible force that hovers about […]

April 20, 2014

“It’s the people that keep you going back” 0

Here’s a wonderful way to spend 77 minutes: the NYPL posted the entire video of a conversation between Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and Behind the Beautiful Forevers author Katherine Boo.

April 20, 2014

A literary magazine best served cold. 0

Break out your book of grudges because River Styx literary magazine has decided on the theme for their next issue: Revenge.

April 20, 2014

Jesmyn Ward to join Tulane faculty 0

I’ve long thought that New Orleans is the greatest city in America and that it’s nigh impossible to make it much better. That was before Tulane University announced that Salvage the Bones and Men We Reaped author Jesmyn Ward will be joining their faculty. Let it be thus known: on July 1, 2014, New Orleans will get […]

April 19, 2014

“Let the past collapse at the right time” 0

In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Ice Trilogy author Vladimir Sorokin looks at the current events related to Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea, and notes that “the Russian state’s ‘vertical power’ structure” (which is to say “monarchical structure”) is what keeps the Russian people held “hostage to the psychosomatic quirks of […]