Articles by Nick Moran

September 27, 2011

Dueling Russia: Myth, Veracity, and Literature 6

Fictional narratives of the duel conveniently bolstered contemporary desire. Think about it: would you rather believe you were enforcing an ancient honor code or acknowledge the fact that your murderous desire is barbarous and shameful?

September 26, 2011

I’ll take “Maps” for a thousand, Alex. 0

“Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings charts “the wide, weird world of geography” in his latest book Maphead. NPR investigates his process in a “Fresh Air” interview. Scribner Books provides a small sample as well. While discussing the particulars of America’s “Road Geeks,” Jennings makes it clear to this listener that he’d probably be interested in Cynthia […]

September 26, 2011

The (Literary and Presidential) Simpsons 0

On a Venn Diagram, this site would represent the intersection between “The Simpsons” and prominent works of literature. This one would represent the intersection between “The Simpsons” and a former First Lady.

September 26, 2011

“The decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes” 0

In 1946, George Orwell wrote that political prose was formed “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

September 26, 2011

Green Whisky 2

9,000 homes in Scotland are going to be powered by whisky. Could Maker’s Mark be bringing a similar idea to our side of the pond?

September 23, 2011

Élisabeth Gille Part Two 1

In a recent article on Irène Némirovsky’s daughter Élisabeth Gille, Ruth Franklin picks up where our own Emily St. John Mandel left off.

September 23, 2011

Checking Out And Renting 1

Kindle users can start borrowing e-books from their local libraries. This seems innocuous enough. But what about the proliferation of textbook rentals (e.g. the type on Chegg)? Some believe it may put us on the road to serfdom.

September 23, 2011

Nabokov: Author, Psychologist, Entomologist 0

“Did Vladimir Nabokov’s novels anticipate trends in modern psychology?” (via Maud Newton). Well, they certainly anticipated advancements in the evolutionary theory of butterflies.

September 23, 2011

Are You Feeling Lucky? 0

Hobart’s got a “Wish List” for submissions to its next issue, and with any luck they might just pull it off.

September 23, 2011

The Zen of Steve Jobs 0

A while back, I mentioned the prescient timing of Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography Steve Jobs. As you await its publication, content yourself with Forbes and JESS3’s graphic novel The Zen of Steve Jobs.