Articles by Nick Moran

November 14, 2013

Peeling Back the “Mask of the Whiskey Gentry” 0

In a long investigation of Hunter S. Thompson’s classic essay, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” (PDF), Josh Roiland takes readers to church by pointing out exactly what’s so alluring about the piece, which “scholars often point to … as the origin of Gonzo Journalism.”

November 13, 2013

“Global” or “World Literature” vs. Internationalism 0

The success of international authors like Orhan Pamuk, Ma Jian, Haruki Murakami, and Tash Aw – each capable of “transcend[ing] their homelands and emerg[ing] into a planetary system where there work can acquire a universal relevance” – has caught the attention of n+1’s editors. In a lengthy piece from their last issue, they suggest that […]

November 13, 2013

Should I stay or should I god-OH? 0

How do you pronounce the name of the titular character from Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot? Is it GOD-oh or is it god-OH? Or is it a third variant altogether? While investigating the question for The New York Times, Dave Itzkoff has found that there may not be a correct answer, after all.

November 13, 2013

“Bird could smell it.” 0

Recommended Reading: “Salvages” by Gabrielle Hovendon.

November 13, 2013

“With rebellion, awareness is born.” 0

Albert Camus was born one hundred years ago this month, and to commemorate the anniversary Oxford Journals has made 16 of its scholarly articles available for free.

November 13, 2013

An Unwelcome Invitation for László Krasznahorkai 1

You can read the entire first chapter from László Krasznahorkai’s latest novel, Seiobo There Below. We reviewed the work on our site last month. Meanwhile, the Hungarian author has recently received an unwelcome invitation. As literary scholar Tibor Keresztúry notes (via George Szirtes’s translation), “a certain G Fodor Gábor, the strategic director of the Századvég […]

November 7, 2013

A Malpractitioner By Any Other Name? 0

What can we make of the fact that members of the Guantánamo Bay medical staff have adopted Shakespearean names in “an attempt to avoid being held liable for any mistreatment of detainees?” Globe Theatre artistic director Dominic Dromgoole and Guantánamo detainees lawyer Clive Stafford Smith ponder the question.

November 7, 2013

“The snow falls like heads of cabbage” 0

Recommended Reading: Short fiction entitled “Unlikely Places” by Kim Chinquee.

November 7, 2013

Detective Edgar Allan Poe 0

Before Maxwell’s ever opened, Edgar Allan Poe tried to solve a murder mystery in my native Hoboken.

November 7, 2013

The Story Writer and His Writer Friend 0

Beautiful Ruins author (and Year in Reading favorite) Jess Walter describes “the genesis of a story.”