Literary Man
  • Houellebecq Predicting Trump More than a Year Ago On page 42 of Michel Houellebecq’s darkly comic masterpiece: “We see it among the intellectuals, politicians, and journalists of the 1930s, all of whom were convinced that Hitler would ‘come to see reason.’ It may well be impossible for people who have lived and prospered under a given social system to imagine the point of […] 0 Comments November 29, 2016
  • On NERVE and the New Panopticon Loved the premise of this movie with Emma Roberts and Dave Franco even if it went off the rails towards the end. And so, on one of those Barnes and Noble mornings where É was running around I ripped through the book NERVE that inspired the movie. Nice quick pacing, plotting, strong language (resonant of […] 0 Comments November 12, 2016
  • Wings of the Marijuana Butterfly One could write an entire book just ABOUT Michelle Alexander’s devastating treatise THE NEW JIM CROW. Pulling just a small moment of brilliance, though, I marked a passage that set off in my mind a moment of “the wings of the butterfly” adage, that saying that the smallest transactional movement in one part of the […] 0 Comments November 4, 2016
  • Before Standing Rock, ND: there is Almanac of the Dead Twenty-five years ago, one of the great American novels of the twentieth century was published to mixed reviews. The book, written by Leslie Marmon Silko, was a 763-page poetic freight-train called Almanac of the Dead. If you, too, are an American and you have been reading all your life, searching for an explanation—or expiation—for the […] 0 Comments October 31, 2016
  • Re-Reading A MOVEABLE FEAST Fifteen Years Later I first read Ernest Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST in the summer after my sophomore year of college, about six weeks before I was scheduled to fly to France to study abroad for four months in Aix-En-Provence. I had started studying French because of how intoxicating I found the language F. Scott Fitzgerald and some of […] 0 Comments October 28, 2016
  • What to Read During October Baseball Well, nice to see YOU, October Baseball. You are the best thing ever. Right up there with the falling leaves, pumpkin pie, the Headless Horseman, and all the other lovely things we often forget about the other 11 months of the year. Last night I found myself wondering about the great pantheon of American baseball […] 0 Comments October 14, 2016
  • The Winner of the 2026 Nobel Prize Is Congratulations to Bob Dylan, although it’s fair to speculate that the Swedes are mostly sending us a gentle middle finger about the current fracas that is the 2016 political election. It called to mind President Obama’s Peace Prize, awarded before he had really gotten started; it was as if the award was really about the […] 0 Comments October 13, 2016
  • Jamieson’s “Self-Portrait at the University of Black Vermont” Needed to capture this before they take it down. So powerful. Hung in the Davis Center atrium in one of the most visible spots on campus. 1987 acrylic and spray paint with sand and collage elements on canvas. “Self Portrait at the University of Black Vermont” by David Jamieson who died of AIDS related complications […] 0 Comments September 8, 2016
  • In Graywolf We Trust Last night, we Vermonters had the good fortune of hearing not one but TWO writers currently published by Graywolf: Jensen Beach, of The New Yorker and Paris Review notoriety, and Angela Palm, whose mesmerizing memoir RIVERINE, is published this week. Fiona McCrae, editor in chief, introduced the writers and their work, and some fifty literary […] 0 Comments August 15, 2016
  • Long Live the Library Remember opening up the back of the book and scoping out all the people and times the book had been read before? Love this.  0 Comments August 10, 2016