Articles by James Johnson

June 9, 2011

George Saunders II 0

Part 2 of a great interview with George Saunders at BOMBlog discussing new fiction, authenticity, and MFA programs.  Read Part 1 here.

June 9, 2011

2011 PEN/Malamud Winner 0

Edith Pearlman takes the 2011 PEN/Malamud award in recognition of her short stories.  Her most recent collection, her fourth, is Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories.

June 7, 2011

Ruin-Reading 0

Junot Díaz is at home discussing his native Hispaniola as he muses on the function of apocalypse – New Orleans, Haiti, and Japan – in our global media landscape.

June 6, 2011

Woody Allen’s Favorite Books 0

The ever-irreverent Woody Allen weighs in on his all-time faves, among other things.  A Catcher in the Rye unsurprisingly makes the list, as do more obscure picks like The World of SJ Perelman.

June 6, 2011

Branded 0

“It is all bricolage for personal identity building,” says Rob Horning of N+1, providing a somewhat bleak image of the “fast fashion” industry and social media, and what can be expected from the future.

June 1, 2011

The Publishing World of Tomorrow 0

“Porn, Cyberterrorism, The Russian Mob and the Future of Literature” A piece exploring the coming insurrection: digitization – and thus democratization – of books.

May 30, 2011

Digital Love 1

Jonathan Franzen’s 2011 Kenyon commencement speech, published this weekend in the New York Times, covers love, consumerism, and narcissism in the digital age.  If you’re concerned with critical reception, looks like you’re not a creator of “serious art and literature,” in Franzen’s eyes.

May 17, 2011

TimesMachine 1

New York Times has a cool feature I was unaware of, letting you browse issues from 1851-1922 in all their original grandeur.  Articles are also available for download as PDFs.

April 28, 2011

Argentinian Pension Plan for Writers 1

Argentina may be offering a $940/month pension plan for writers.  Eligibility requirements include 20 years of work in “literary creation” and five published works with ISBN numbers.  This bill was proposed amidst the festivities of the Buenos Aires International Book Expo, one of the biggest book expos in the world.

April 27, 2011

George Saunders Interview 0

George Saunders, author of In Persuasion Nation, has a great dialogue with former student Patrick Dacey on “steering towards the rapids” when writing. (via @BOMBMagazine)