Articles by Greg Gerke

June 28, 2016

William Gaddis and American Justice 10

‘Frolic’ is full of a neurotic vernacular of Americana that purls and perfectly personifies the sue-happy, media-soaked years during which Gaddis constructed it

August 8, 2013

Doses of Medicine: The Words and Wisdom of Louise Glück 3

Glück’s work has always “spoken” to me more than many poets because she examines the concerns I have about being in the world: loneliness and being alone, searching for happiness, and desiring to have my feelings validated, though they often aren’t.

November 9, 2012

Addiction, Apathy, and Sputtering through Life: On Hugh Sheehy’s The Invisibles 1

Though many of the stories have an element of mystery, Sheehy isn’t interested in finding out who did what — he knows the dramatic cornucopia lies elsewhere, with the living and the mistakes they have to examine in light of the dead.

April 19, 2012

Living Letters: On Gass’s Life Sentences and Theroux’s Estonia 1

No one has written a better introduction to Gass’s fiction than he does here, laying out why he wrote his magnum opus in one stark sentence: “I wrote The Tunnel out of the conviction that no race or nation is better than any other, and no nation or race is worse.”

April 14, 2011

Treasure Unearthed: Sir Thomas Browne’s Urn Burial 4

The Englishman Sir Thomas Browne lived in an era rich in destruction, including constant European wars, plagues, fires and the regicide of Charles the First, as Browne himself witnessed. It is no wonder death and the processes of burial should be the subject of his most celebrated work.