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September 4, 2014

The Strife of the Chase: The Prudence, Procrastination, and Persistence of the American Artist 4


Artists procrastinate. They also persist. What is certain is that we carry ideas around for longer than we know, and part of the artistic venture is unearthing the source.

August 28, 2014

On the Nightstand: On Deciding What to Read Next 18


Of the mess of books that has been unsystematically scattered throughout my home, and my life, which ones will make it to the nightstand? In what order will they be stacked? Perhaps most importantly: how will I decide?

August 25, 2014

The Longest Silence: On Writing and Fishing 3


Fishing, like writing, is a stab at permanence in a world of waiting.

August 22, 2014

Because I, Too, Am Hungry: On Food and Reading 8


Tell me reading about those farmers, very early in the morning, devouring those biscuits, those eggs, that ham, that coffee, doesn’t do something for you, doesn’t make you feel as if you could hoe a field, doesn’t make you want to go out and get that shit fucking done.

August 20, 2014

Practical Art: On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing 75


This is the inside joke of creative writing programs in America. We know creative writing doesn’t make money, and yet we continue to graduate talented writers with no business acumen. At best, it is misguided. At worst, it is fraudulent.

August 18, 2014

Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Eco-terrorists So Different, So Appealing? 3


Are these activists terrorists, as the government would have us believe, or are they avenging angels performing a vital service, as they themselves believe?

August 14, 2014

Hemingway for Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton’s Flash Fiction Ads 4


In Culture Trust 2.0, we’re all Don Draper, and we’re all susceptible to his slick salesmanship.

August 8, 2014

Beckett’s Bilingual Oeuvre: Style, Sin, and the Psychology of Literary Influence 4


If Beckett’s reworking of English contrives to escape Joyce, it is an escape that simultaneously mimics him, for Joyce had already endeavored a great escape of sorts.

August 8, 2014

A New Lease on Apathy: On Samuel Beckett’s Echo’s Bones 1


No one is tougher on a Beckett character than Beckett, and perhaps no character receives as much abuse as the first major one, Belacqua Shuah.

August 7, 2014

Nothing Is at Stake: On Shakespeare, Lana Del Rey, and the Relatable 13


Maybe Shakespeare sucks because — and to the extent that — life sucks.