October 2007

In appreciation: Bruno Schulz

Bruno Schulz was shot dead in the street by a Nazi, not an unusual fate for a Polish Jew in 1942. A hundred nameless people shot

September 2007

Bookmarks: The Book of Vices

When preachers preach about the deadly sins (gluttony and whatnot), it’s difficult for them to do so without getting into at least some description.

Does Microsoft Word Have Literary Judgment?

Janice Harayda, proprietor of One-Minute Book Reviews, former books editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle , does NOT

The great Christina Stead

A reviewer once wrote of Les Murray that he had published no juvenilia. The same can be said of Christina Stead. Her first books, Seven

The Rise of Nerdcore

Superbad hits it big, America Ferrara wins and Emmy, and nerds are cool again. Or are they? By the time I was asked to care

Madeleine L’Engle and Robert Jordan

You go away for a few days… I’ve been without my beloved Internet for going on a week now, which means I’ve heard

Reclusive authors in the spotlight

It can come off as arrogance, sensitivity, or a noble dissent—a high-minded refusal to engage with America’s culture of celebrity, erosion of privacy

Revisiting that night

Alice Leccese Powers looks back at Alice McDermott’s The Night in this week’s “You Must Read This” on NPR. Powers considers the book

August 2007

We Are (Somewhat) Amused

You have to wonder if the manuscript for The Uncommon Reader had been just sitting in Alan Bennett’s trunk gathering dust for years, its

What went wrong: The Night Listener

How did it all go so horribly wrong, Armistead Maupin? After a marathon reading session from one in the afternoon to nine at night, I

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//Mixed media


"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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