November 9, 2011
Judging by the bookshelves, Rome has been condensed into a mere repetition of themes: what tasty food, passionate people, beautiful art, ancient ruins, and history! Is that all there is to Rome?
October 25, 2011
We need more literary holidays. For what it’s worth, I want to claim today (October 25) for readers. Who’s with me?
October 24, 2011
by James Santel
Americans don’t really look for Mexico in Mexico — they look for a more perfect America, at once free of materialism and more conducive to it.
October 17, 2011
The irony was clear: here I was, cheating on a novel that had once been my mistress!
October 14, 2011
by S.J. Culver
I came home one oppressive afternoon and found two men drunk on Listerine passed out on the front lawn. I saw someone on the bus using needle-nosed pliers to remove his nostril hair. Minneapolis hadn’t changed, but the ugliness had become all I saw of the city.
October 13, 2011
Is it possible for an otherwise straight man to be struck by a bolt of gay lightning and next scene end up declaring his undying love to a beautiful young Adonis?
October 11, 2011
If Occupy Wall Street has any goal, it should be to have the same effect that great literature has — to unsettle.
October 10, 2011
As great as it is to be able to choose whatever you want on Amazon, sometimes what you really want is to have no choice at all.
October 6, 2011
I would never say this explicitly, but I think to myself, dear niece or nephew: I understand how exasperating or sometimes insane your parents can seem, but try to remember that they would do anything for you, that they have lived for you.
October 4, 2011
by Ben Hamilton
The calamities of John Fante’s career are well known and threaten to overtake his fiction as the most important element of his life.