Articles by Nick Moran

February 15, 2014

For Sale: Hemingway App, Doesn’t Work. 2

A new Hemingway App promises to trim the fat from your writing in a way that the Great Bearded One would’ve approved. The app uses various color codes to highlight writing written in the passive voice, writing that’s too hard to read, and also unnecessary adverbs or complex phrases. Sounds interesting enough, no? Well, the […]

February 10, 2014

One Stay in the Life of an Olympics Journalist 0

I’ve found myself subconsciously pairing Sochi’s absurdities with their analogues from the canon of Russian literature. And as I’ve come to learn, the Russian masters saw the writing on the wall well before the Olympic torch made its way to the Black Sea’s coast.

February 9, 2014

New Scott McClanahan 0

Recommended Reading: new Scott McClanahan. I repeat: new Scott McClanahan.

February 9, 2014

North Carolina Literary Festival Sets Its Lineup 0

The North Carolina Literary Festival just announced its lineup for the 2014 engagement, and it’s stocked with Millions favorites. Among others: Junot Díaz, Scott McClanahan, Richard Ford, Ben Fountain, and William T. Vollmann. The festival will take place in Raleigh from April 3rd through April 6th.

February 9, 2014

“I don’t remember any of these pages.” 0

“Audiobooks Read By You: Just like reading a book without actually reading a book, by reading a book and recording it in a studio.”

February 9, 2014

Heavy Feather Review’s Call for Submissions 0

As they begin preparation work on “Vacancies,” a special double-issue of their magazine, the folks at Heavy Feather Review have issued a call for writing that explores “the dimly lit corners of the unoccupied, unassuming, or idle.” For inspiration, look toward Philip Levine’s poem, “An Abandoned Factory, Detroit.”

February 9, 2014

Russian Love Stories; Russian Persecution 0

Masha Gessen has been busy of late. Within months of publishing her investigative look at the charges for Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, Gessen has also co-edited a book entitled Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories. Over at The Independent, you can check out a review of the two projects, and over at Guernica, you can […]

February 8, 2014

What Seems Obvious Is Often Refuted 0

A new study indicates that when it comes to National Endowment for the Arts grants, “there is not a disproportionate benefit to wealthy individuals.” In fact, the grants often benefit both the rich and poor alike.

February 8, 2014

“This is not a part of the entertainment here tonight.” 0

Recommended Reading: Brian Oliu’s “Owen Hart & The Finite Life of Ropes,” which is damn sure the best piece of writing you’ll ever read about a professional wrestler’s death.

February 8, 2014

Rounding Out Frost’s “Monster Myth” 0

Over at the New York Times, Jennifer Schuessler previews a forthcoming collection of Robert Frost’s correspondence. It’s a collection, she says, that will go a long way toward rounding out the flat “monster myth” that’s subsumed the poet’s afterlife.