Articles by Nick Moran

October 12, 2011

Bearded Bards 3

Gilbert Alter-Gilbert (of “Literary Pets” notoriety) is the author of the new book Poets Ranked by Beard Weight. To celebrate its publication, 50 Watts‘ Will Schofield has posted some of his favorite excerpts.

October 12, 2011

Oldest Books 0

The fine folks at the Vintage and Anchor Tumblr account have compiled a list of the ten oldest books known to man.

October 12, 2011

Spalding Gray’s Secrets 0

Nell Casay, editor of The Journals of Spalding Gray, takes readers through the tortured life of the famous actor, playwright, and monologuist.

October 12, 2011

The E-Reader of Sand (II) 0

Reif Larsen continues our own Mark O’Connell‘s riff on the Borgesian nature of e-readers.

October 10, 2011

Violence and Darkness for Children 0

In a New York Times op-ed piece on violence in children’s literature, Maria Tatar claims that “the savagery we offer children today is more unforgiving than it once was.” Is that really the case? Adam Gidwitz‘s A Tale Dark And Grimm (reviewed by the Times last November), which underscores the violence inherent in Grimm’s tales, […]

October 10, 2011

The Better Angels of Our Nature 0

Steven Pinker‘s The Better Angels of Our Nature posits that human violence is becoming less and less common in civilized culture. If your interest was piqued by the book’s review in The New York Times, you will no doubt be interested in his Edge Master Class as well.

October 10, 2011

Tangled Youths 1

Evan Hughes investigates the formulation of such writers as Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, and David Foster Wallace. He claims they and their generation “had youths tangled enough for ten novels.”

October 10, 2011

Notable Occupants 1

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations attracted two notable literary figures this weekend. Author and activist Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) addressed protestors. Here’s the longer, uncut version of her speech. On Sunday, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek (Living in the End Times) gave an address as well.

October 10, 2011

Coetzee Archive to the Harry Ransom Center 1

The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas made headlines when it acquired the David Foster Wallace archives. Now it’s added another high profile author to its collection: J. M. Coetzee.

October 9, 2011

Why Bookstores Are Needed 0

While calling for the preservation of the wonderful St. Marks Bookshop, Paris Review editor Lorin Stein explains that “magazines like The Paris Review need good bookstores, where the staff knows how to spread the word about good writing, face to face, hand to hand.”