Articles by Theodore Wheeler

July 11, 2011

The Agony and the Agony: Suzanne Rivecca’s Death is Not an Option 1

Something has gone terribly wrong.

February 25, 2011

The Trouble Starts Early: Marcy Dermansky’s Bad Marie 3

Marie is the guilty pleasure personified, a trickster set loose on bourgeois morality and tact.

August 27, 2010

Words Possessed: Ben Greenman’s What He’s Poised to Do 4

The stories in this collection often dwell on the distance between letter-writers and those who receive them, and that much of the correspondence isn’t received by its addressee seems somewhat beside the point. What matters is the letter-writing itself, that which gives sanction to the pen-holder’s yearning. The mail is official, it’s real.

April 16, 2010

Crude Satire: Teddy Wayne’s Kapitoil 1

Most of Wayne’s previous work is under the banner of satire and farce, with numerous credits in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, McSweeney’s, and on Comedy Central, so the book’s lampoons are expected and expertly performed.

February 9, 2010

Reckless and Dangerous: Justin Taylor’s Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever 5

Justin Taylor depicts a generation raised on video games and cable-news politics, a nation where alcohol abuse and sexual discord are the main rites of passage.