June 14, 2011
When do we, as writers, accept that a piece is as good as it will ever be, even if it’s not that great? When do we decide that a piece will never be good enough to be published?
May 23, 2011
by C. Max Magee
A bookish first paragraph kicks off this new novel set to come out in October.
May 19, 2011
The market for children’s books is probably more resistant to cultural churn than just about any other slice of the consumer economy; it’s a closed circuit that reproduces itself one generation after another.
May 5, 2011
By the latter half of the decade the slide was irreversible: if Blockbuster had been injurious, Netflix was a cancer. And so was On Demand, Hulu, and the thousand other ways we now put stories before our eyes.
March 25, 2011
As a reader and writer, the current moment is endlessly confusing to me. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a one-man mission to save publishing, buying books weekly from indies and chains alike, for the sake not only of my future work, but that of future writers, young people far from urban centers, dreaming up stories in Texas or Idaho or Michigan.
March 15, 2011
by C. Max Magee
The book’s lyrical opening sentence may be familiar to Wallace completists.
February 3, 2011
When I was a child traveling to my family’s ancestral home in Northern Greece, we would always come to a point in the road where the left went north to Albania and the right went northeast into the Pindus mountains.
January 31, 2011
Wojnarowicz was deeply aware of the trajectory he shared with the youthful and precocious Rimbaud.
January 28, 2011
Pippi Longstocking never quite breaks the laws of physics, but she is an impossible creature, a fantasy of empowerment: rich, self-confident, unnaturally strong, perpetually delighted, never compromising, never defeated.
January 27, 2011
Have we already lost interest in the Gulf oil spill, or is it possible that the report itself is to blame for our fading interest?