Articles by Michael Schaub

December 6, 2015

A Year in Reading: Michael Schaub 2

For the past few years, I’ve used these essays to reflect somberly on the events of the year, and how they have shaped me as a reader and a person. Unfortunately, the end result has been a series of essays more dismal than a Leonard Cohen concept album about children who have burned to death in chemical factory explosions.

December 13, 2014

A Year In Reading: Michael Schaub 1

Kinnell was something like a connoisseur of loss, both actual and anticipated. And he anticipated his own, often.

December 12, 2012

A Year in Reading: Michael Schaub 6

I don’t know whether this book has changed my life; if it has, it will be years before I realize how, or why. I do know that it’s affected me more than any novel I’ve read in years, and I do know that it’s a masterpiece.

December 4, 2011

A Year in Reading: Michael Schaub 6

The Great Frustration is a debut, but it’s also something most writers, even the most acclaimed ones, have never accomplished: it is a perfect short story collection. It’s also the best book I read in 2011.