Literary Man
  • 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
  • Loving The 25th Hour I’m loving this book so much. It’s one of my all time favorite movies and wanted to know how much Benioff differed from the novel in adapting for film. Check out this moment with Frank: “He feels this is an important moment in his life: for the first time a bartender has recognized him and […] 0 Comments August 2, 2016
  • Pic of Shirtless Trump and Putin Riding Bareback on Mule Sometimes, you know, the Internet wins (even when democracy loses). 0 Comments August 1, 2016
  • Phil Knight on Ken Kesey I am loving Phil Knight’s memoir SHOE DOG. Well written, funny, strange, educational, and so deeply Oregonian. Here’s Phil on beloved Oregonian icon Ken Kesey: “I knew Kesey at the University of Oregon. He wrestled, and I ran track, and on rainy days we’d do indoor workouts at their same facility. When his first novel […] 0 Comments July 19, 2016