Articles by Nick Moran

December 7, 2011

Full Stop Goes Partisan 0

Here’s a year-end series with some sharp teeth. In the spirit of The Partisan Review‘s provocative questionnaire from 1939, Full Stop is asking dozens of writers “specifically political questions”. The series began yesterday with Marilynne Robinson.

December 7, 2011

Lev Grossman on Aspiring Writers 0

Lev Grossman offers some words of encouragement for aspiring writers: “because it turns out that talent, whatever that is, and that glowy aura, are only part of the picture.”

December 5, 2011

“How should intellectuals write about acts of immense depravity?” 0

This is a fantastic piece on W. H. Auden, “The Murder of Lidice”, and the importance of the ideological and political contexts of war. Joanna Bourke writes, “the flood of poems [after the Lidice massacre] actually served to draw attention away from the people of Lidice and towards the swollen sensibilities of the poets and […]

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.”