Articles by Nick Moran

March 6, 2014

PEN/Faulkner Fiction Finalists Announced 0

Five finalists have been named for this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: Daniel Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles, Percival Everett’s Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, (Year in Reading alum) Joan Silber’s Fools, and Valerie Trueblood’s Search Party: Stories of Rescue. One winner will be selected […]

March 6, 2014

The Best Web Publications Are Also The Youngest 0

Between the 40 Towns project organized by Jeff Sharlet’s Dartmouth students and the newly unveiled Vanishing Point project from Duncan Murrell’s students at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, it seems abundantly clear that college students are better at putting together web publications than 99% of established publishing outfits. Begin your tour with Christine Delp’s look […]

February 23, 2014

Songs of Zora 0

Recommended Listening: Florida Memory’s great collection of Zora Neale Hurston singing.

February 23, 2014

Submergence Coming to a Theater Soon? 0

U.S. film producers have acquired the movie option rights for J. M Ledgard’s Submergence, a book Kathryn Schulz called a “strange, intelligent, gorgeously written book” – among the best she read all of last year.

February 23, 2014

“A woman’s frantic laughter.” 0

Recommended Reading: Rion Amilcar Scott’s “Women Who Run With Wolves,” which is a very short but potent piece in the latest issue of Fractured West.

February 23, 2014

Do You? 0

Whitney Houston, Adele, Kanye West, Prince, and Justin Bieber all share something in common when it comes to the songs they sing. Each one of them rhymes “do” and “you” more often than any other pair of words. In fact, according to Ben Blatt, that duo is the most commonly rhymed pair in the history […]

February 23, 2014

“Here’s to you, old dears. You got this right, every one of you.” 0

Recommended Reading: Roger Angell describes life in the nineties. His nineties.

February 22, 2014

Reading Your Way to Sochi 1

Another day, another LARB piece about reading Russian fiction in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. (One particularly interesting earlier installment is over here.) Meanwhile, I offer a compendium of passages from the Russian masters, and use my favorite #SochiFails to illustrate them.

February 22, 2014

Draw It With Your Eyes Closed (On The Internet) 0

Draw It With Your Eyes Closed, which has been a fixture on our Top Ten lists of late, has launched a companion website to “expand on the previously published content, allowing a broader range of teachers, students, and artists to access, share, and contribute to the project.”

February 22, 2014

True Detective: “where time is a flat circle” 1

In addition to its overt references to Robert Chambers’s The King in Yellow, HBO’s breakout hit, True Detective, seems also to draw from the work of a self-published poet named Dennis McHale. Or is it the other way around? (Bonus: Lincoln Michel drew up a reading list of southern gothic books similar in tone to […]