Articles by Nick Moran

December 5, 2011

“I have a lot of feelings about the meeting.” 0

I highly recommend reading Jennifer Gilmore’s emotional essay on meeting “the birth mother.”

December 5, 2011

Beautifying Books 2

As e-books gain market share, publishers are gussying up book designs. Free Press vice president and publisher Martha K. Levin says, “the message [is] that even if you’re buying 90 percent of your books on your e-reader, this is the one that you want to have on your bookshelf.” The article highlights 1Q84 as an […]

December 5, 2011

“His choice solidifies the role of the artist or poet in his/her city.” 0

Katie Smither explains the recent hullabaloo over poet CAConrad’s ejection from the Philadelphia Magazine offices. The poet even appears in the article’s comments to explain his side of the events.

December 5, 2011

Gossip, Gossip Everywhere 1

This essay on the proliferation of gossip in journalism is adapted from Joseph Epstein’s Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit. In it, Epstein discusses the problem of “how straight-up, no-apologies public gossip has infected standard, or what once might have been called respectable, journalism.”

December 3, 2011

A Year in Reading: Nick Moran 11

I wanted to dislike this book. The point is that I went into this book hating it. I was proven so, so wrong.

December 2, 2011

Using Faulkner 0

Glen David Gold encourages young writers to “cultivate literary friendships”, but he’d like to add one thing: “for Christ’s sake, do not let them become transactional.”

December 2, 2011

John Jeremiah Sullivan on Essays 0

December 15th. New York City. Mark your calendars. John Jeremiah Sullivan and Wells Tower discuss “the art of the essay in light of Sullivan’s new book, Pulphead.”

December 2, 2011

David Foster Wallace Syllabus 0

The Harry Ransom Center has scanned and uploaded the syllabus from David Foster Wallace‘s Fall 1994 section of English 102: Literary Analysis.

December 2, 2011

Colum McCann’s Optimism 0

Let the Great World Spin author (and one of today’s YiR2011 writers!) Colum McCann had some inspiring words for this year’s crop of Boston College freshmen. “There’s a degraded discourse around the notion of optimism these days that says there is something soft about being an optimist—something wrong,” he said. “It claims that optimism has no […]

December 2, 2011

Top Longreads of 2011 0

They say you’re only as good as the company you keep. If that’s the case, we’re thrilled to have published Jim Santel‘s piece on The Moviegoer, which has made The Awl staff’s list of “Top Longreads of 2011“.