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March 21, 2017

The Man Behind the Masks: On Nabokov’s Forewords 4


After all the humorous huffing and puffing, all the tricks and traps and underhand maneuvers on the author’s part, the forewords exist, after all, to locate the English-language versions of Nabokov’s books within the context of a person in exile.

March 20, 2017

Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in Havana 0


In Havana, the spirit of Hemingway endures, much like the architecture of the city itself, a fading reminder of what was and what might have been.

March 16, 2017

American Contrasts: Poe and Emerson 2


The Transcendentalists wrote to bring light and hope to the world; Poe showed that light makes shadows.

March 15, 2017

Abortion and Fiction 2


God may have His opinions, but in literature — as in life — human judgment and stigma seem to prevail.

March 13, 2017

Comfort Food: The Importance of Reading Aloud as Adults 1


Reading a story aloud is a way to take care of someone, a kind of caretaking that isn’t overbearing or smothering, and doesn’t feel like babysitting.

March 10, 2017

Another Shade of Darkness: The Life and Work of Beryl Bainbridge 2


Bainbridge had no airs about her; she enjoyed nothing more than having a drink or three at her local pub with a friend, or bumming smokes from a young interviewer while explaining how she was trying to quit by puffing on her foul cabbage-leaf cigarettes. For her, being a writer was simply about the end product, not the person behind it.

March 9, 2017

Writing Against Yourself: On Leonard Michaels’s Nachman Stories 1


Regardless of how we evaluate a book’s success, it is gratifying and noteworthy to see a artist pushing against his or her own inclinations and instincts.

March 8, 2017

When the Private Sector Funds the Arts 35


What we have here, when for-profit private interests take over, is not an artist residency, but a propaganda content factory. The content must “be approved by a Mall of America Marketing representative” to not be “contradictory to the Mall of America’s desired presentation of the Mall.”

March 8, 2017

Two Schools of Climate Fiction 1


All over the world, mean temperatures rose till the polar ice caps melted and the glaciers turned into torrential rivers and the contours of the continents were altered. At around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the equator had become a veritable oven.

March 6, 2017

There Are More Important Things Than Happiness: On Reading Eimear McBride 1


Which of these two scenarios — despair so great it drives one to suicide, or happy forgetting — is preferable in a novel of our times?