September 26, 2014
The United States has not developed a spy-novel nationalism able to stand on its own two feet.
September 25, 2014
Zurita was carrying a file, the poems that would become the book Purgatorio, when he was arrested the morning of September 11, 1973, and the arresting officers suspected his papers might include coded messages. The senior military officer who made the final decision about Zurita’s potentially subversive writings threw the poems into the sea.
September 23, 2014
Rarely has a writer as abundantly praised and rewarded as Joshua Ferris also been misunderstood and even ill-served by reviewers.
September 22, 2014
by Alex McElroy
Giralt Torrente, knowing there is no redemption, still writes the memoir that strives to redeem its subjects.
September 22, 2014
The trouble with writing is that it is often a roller coaster pitching us between grandiosity and despair.
September 16, 2014
by Bill Morris
In Epstein I discovered a smart writer who actually reveled in the cheesiness of the 1970s. And he did it without the killing smirk of irony.
September 15, 2014
But in the absence of conclusive evidence, sleep’s utility—like that of fiction—is still in doubt. How much, in the end, does either one matter?
September 10, 2014
by Cathy Day
When is the right time to tell aspiring writers about their job prospects? In graduate school? Before they even apply to graduate school? Or sooner than that even—in their first creative writing class? Never? Let them Google it because it’s just too depressing otherwise?
September 8, 2014
Homage is a way of acknowledging our forbearers, to celebrate where we came from by updating the past, calling back to it, poking fun at it, challenging it, embracing it, adoring it.
September 5, 2014
by John Yargo
Moravia suggests that ratiocination is a poor substitute for taste. One of his great themes is how sensibility is wrecked by negotiations with other people, other classes, other individuals, and thereby reinvigorated.