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 […]
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.
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 […]
Pic of Shirtless Trump and Putin Riding Bareback on Mule
Sometimes, you know, the Internet wins (even when democracy loses).
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 […]
An Act of Peace is Never Wrong
Saw this on Irvine Welsh’s twitter feed with the words “Oh, America,” and thought of 1968, Kent State, Vietnam, and wondered how much worse it will get before it gets better. Would love to attribute the photography so let me know if you know who took this powerful image. **Update, the photo was taken by […]
Recommended: C.E. Morgan’s Mesmerizing debut ALL THE LIVING
C.E. Morgan became reasonably famous with her 20 Under 40 New Yorker inclusion, and when I heard that her newest novel was about horse racing in Kentucky I set out to start at the beginning of her publication career. ALL THE LIVING is her excellent, baroque debut set in a rural town in central-eastern Kentucky. […]
I miss the days of Richard Brautigan
Just finished Trout Fishing in America only three weeks after blazing through A Confederate General in Big Sur, and I am filled with the feeling of nostalgia for a time when you could just bum around the West Coast with your girlfriend and a few weird buddies and camp and fish and drink and tool […]
Booze, Boats, and Broads in this Excellent Thriller
There’s something irresistible and so attractive about starting a novel with a murder: for me, I can’t bear the thought of not knowing who did it. And so it was with Charles Cutter’s debut novel THE PINK PONY (from independent publisher Arbutus Press), I blazed through this excellent debut in a single sitting. Set in Northern Michigan, […]
Gregory Rabassa: In Token of My Admiration for His Genius
Thrilled to share that my interview with Gregory Rabassa, translator of 100 Years of Solitude and Hopscotch and so many other legendary works of Latin American literature, is now available at The Common. Thanks for Melody Nixon and Jen Acker for consistently putting out such a wonderful magazine. Here’s the link, enjoy!