Roy Kesey’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in more than sixty magazines, including McSweeney’s, The Georgia Review and The Iowa Review, and in several anthologies including The Future Dictionary of America, New Sudden Fiction, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories. He’s the author of a novella called Nothing in the World and a collection of short stories called All Over.
I’ve been reading a lot of history and historiography lately, and a lot of the books are magnificent, but the coolest by some stretch was Carlo Ginzburg’s History, Rhetoric and Proof. Does that, from its title, sound like a fun book? Perhaps not so much. But it is joyously smart and fast and important. Ginzburg makes you feel like your brain is as big as his is, which is a very nice feeling indeed.