Articles by Nick Moran

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.

February 8, 2014

A Master’s In Self-Publishing? 0

Because its administrators believe “self-publishing is now a highly successful and respected business model for both new and established authors,” The University of Central Lancashire has created a Self-Publishing Masters program. (Clearly they didn’t read Edan Lepucki’s Millions article from 2011.) According to the program’s official website, “this dynamic course … reveals how to make […]

February 8, 2014

“He says, ‘their hearts should be burned.’” 0

Jeff Sharlet traveled to Russia because he “wanted to see what ordinary LGBT life was like in a nation whose leaders have decided that ‘homosexualism’ is a threat to its ‘sexual sovereignty.’” What he found was unsettling and terrifying, but the courage of the LGBT community members he interviewed is also incredibly inspiring. Set aside […]

February 2, 2014

“Mookie Blaylock dresses up as Mookie Blaylock for Halloween.” 0

What better way to celebrate the Super Bowl than by reading a poem about basketball?

February 2, 2014

“I Do (Plan To Read That)” 0

Attention, lovebirds! Amanda Bullock put together a list of “29 Things You Must Read Before You Get Married.”

February 2, 2014

Two Newly-Discovered Sappho Poems 0

A researcher unearthed two never-before-seen poems by Sappho. To fans of Classics and Greek poetry, this is bigger than the surprise release of Beyoncé’s secret album.

February 2, 2014

“I’m thousands of miles away, and you can’t get to me” 0

The Yale Literary Magazine caught up with the reclusive author Denis Johnson to discuss the poets who made him want to write poetry, his favorite mass cultural product, and the chief reason he avoids giving interviews.

February 2, 2014

Who Should Readers Root For In The Super Bowl? 0

Need a team to root for during today’s Super Bowl? Might I suggest cheering on the team that represents a city angling to become America’s second UNESCO City of Literature? (Related: A few months back, Krakow, Poland, became the seventh city to join the UNESCO bunch.)