November 24, 2008

Was Bolaño a Junkie? 1


At this point, even the contrarians at N+1 agree: the late Roberto Bolaño’s burgeoning reputation rests primarily on the audacity and beauty of his fiction. Nonetheless, as the current installment of “The Intellectual Situation” points out, the vagaries of the novelist’s life haven’t hurt his reception here in the U.S. Ever since Whitman celebrated himself, […]

November 24, 2008

On Ambition, Cocktail Party Invitations, and the “Bizarre Compulsion” to Write 1


Recently there’s been a ruckus regarding the blatant pursuit of literary fame, especially where the n+1 editors are concerned. In the current issue of Poetry, Adam Kirsch plumbs the depths of literary ambition and the desire for personal recognition, and classifies Keith Gessen’s All The Sad Young Literary Men as “a chemically pure example of […]

November 4, 2008

Why Vote? 2


Lauren and I were in line, probably about 50 back, at 6:45. By the time the poll opened at 7, the line stretched down to the end of the block, at least 200 people long. Friends and neighbors waved to each other and stopped to say hello as they worked their way to the end […]

October 23, 2008

Arts and Inspiration in the Collapse 2


Perhaps thanks to my day job, which puts me in close proximity to each day’s market carnage and keeps my nose in the business section, I’ve been thinking a lot about troubled economy and what it might mean for the arts. There is an accepted notion that poverty inspires art, and Wikipedia even has an […]

October 15, 2008

A Little Publisher Hits the Big Time 1


This guest post comes to us from Daniel E. Pritchard. Daniel works in production, sales, and marketing for David R. Godine, Publisher, in Boston. He has now read The Prospector. He is also a co-founder of The Pen & Anvil Press, The Boston Poetry Union, and writes a regular blog on literature and culture called […]

October 6, 2008

On Rooftops and in the Bazaar 2


A brief series on my recent Mediterranean trip. Part four: Istanbul. We were on the top floor of a restaurant on Istiklal, a bustling pedestrian thoroughfare in the Beyoglu neighborhood of Istanbul. It was our fourth and final stop of an afternoon eating marathon, and our harried but very professional waiter dropped a plate of […]

September 28, 2008

Paradox and the Turkish Seaside 0


A brief series on my recent Mediterranean trip. Part three: Bitez. I first heard it when we were walking down the red brick path that separates the sand from the beachside bars and restaurants (Full English Breakfast, anyone?) in Bitez. It was a buzzing, wailing sound, undulating and crackling. “That’s the adhan, the call to […]

September 21, 2008

Tiny Island 5


A brief series on my recent Mediterranean trip. Part two: Nisyros. The woman at the information desk scrawled a pair of Greek words onto a post-it and handed it through the window to us. “Give this to the cab driver” she said. We were in the airport on the island of Kos and we were […]

September 17, 2008

The Travelers Get Their Bearings 1


I’m back from my trip to Greece and Turkey. We landed on Saturday night, and I’ve only just recently had a few moments to reflect on where we went and what we saw. (And thanks very much to The Millions contributors for taking care of The Millions while I was gone. It was a treat […]

September 10, 2008

Reading Andre Dubus in Iowa 2


This guest post comes to us from Sana Krasikov. Krasikov is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of the debut short story collection, One More Year, which the New York Times calls, “a sensitive book about the economics of relationships: how they can become subtle transactions by people trying to pull […]