November 22, 2010
by Buzz Poole
Marketing a book is more of an uphill battle than ever in our forget-me-now culture of constant media noise. And so were born internet literary stunts.
October 30, 2010
The comic is vibrant, warm, and beautifully drawn; unlike its staggering peers, it’s outrageously alive.
October 20, 2010
I ride to school and whisper words like “threshold,” “doomsday,” and “willow tree.”
October 19, 2010
Finishing a story – a good, well-written story – about a character both well developed and personally intriguing, and knowing that another story about that very same character is out there somewhere, has become, for me, one of the best feelings in the world.
September 30, 2010
Fiction can be depressing, of course, but there’s something intrinsically optimistic about the process by which tragedy and frailty are turned into art.
September 28, 2010
Remembering vanished shirts is a somewhat wistful thing. Each one means so much, yet each will disappear.
September 23, 2010
Dennis Hopper is the neoliberal consensus, the crazy person waving the Glock around is the financial industry, the bullet is a two trillion dollars in losses, and the poor hostage being jerked hither and yon is you and me.
September 15, 2010
Is it better to let a friendship end naturally or to sustain it on Facebook life support?
September 13, 2010
Reading about one’s hometown doesn’t transport so much as extend, enlarging our maps with each page. Whether in comics, films, or novels, this verisimilitude is a gift—recognition that you actually exist.
September 2, 2010
Elizabeth Gilbert speaks to fantasies, specifically the 21st century American variety of jet-set enlightenment.