Articles by Nick Moran

January 25, 2014

“A life spent at one’s desk is a life spent alone.” 0

Recommended Viewing: Charlie Rose sits down with Donna Tartt for the author’s only American television interview since releasing her latest novel, The Goldfinch. (Related: Adam Dalva fears that Tartt may have been “following me around with her notebook in hand for the last 14 years.”)

January 16, 2014

“They lined up the translators and shot them.” 0

Recommended Reading: George Szirtes’s “Afterword: The Death of the Translator,” which is available on The White Review’s website.

January 16, 2014

A Poetry Reading Workshop 0

“Poets ought to learn how to present work as well as produce it,” says Joe Weil, who shares some invaluable Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading. (Bonus: our own Janet Potter offers a tutorial on the appropriate way to introduce an author [or poet] before their reading.)

January 16, 2014

“An opus d’odure” 0

Heaven forbid someone ever draws parallels between your writing and that of “Robert Rabelais the Younger.” For his work, published in the nineteenth century, has been described as “the most appallingly bad epic poem to have ever been written in English, comprised of 384 interminable pages of doggerel verse devoid of any literary merit, an […]

January 16, 2014

Pinochet’s Library 0

According to The Secret Literary Life of Augusto Pinochet author Cristóbal Peña, the Chilean dictator “was tormented by an intense inferiority complex, which he tried to deal with by collecting books.” A recent article in The New York Times provides a look at that book collection, which totaled around 50,000 books and has been valued […]

January 16, 2014

A Listicle By Any Other Name 0

First our own Mark O’Connell pondered the relationship between listicles and our shrinking attention spans for The New Yorker, and now Arika Okrent suggests that a listicle is its own literary form – albeit a “gloriously unspecified” form, at that. Together, these pieces constitute 2 Meditations On Listicles That Will Totally Change Your Life.

January 15, 2014

On the UC Press’s E-Books Collection 0

The University of California Press is updating its e-books collection, adding new titles all the time, and allowing the general public to access over 770 titles published between 1982 and 2004. The full collection can be found over here, and Open Culture highlights some of the gems within the treasure trove.

January 15, 2014

New Michael Lewis Book On the Way 0

Michael Lewis’s next book, which is due to hit shelves in March, will be concerned with “the financial world.” And that’s really all we know about it at this point.

January 15, 2014

On Sweet Valley, On Nancy Drew 1

Over at The Believer, Amy Benfer pens a paean to the serial novels of her youth. “They are the training bras of literature; books that teach young girls how to be older girls before they get there,” Benfer writes.

January 15, 2014

The VQR’s Winter Issue Is Here 0

If for some unspeakable reason you didn’t follow my advice when I urged you to subscribe to the VQR over a year ago, then perhaps you need more convincing. Enter: Ron Charles. He’s got a brief preview of the magazine’s Winter Issue, which hit shelves this week, and which contains an essay based on Natasha […]