Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nathanael West’s “A Cool Million”

I am no optimist. I hold no delusions for the bounty that supposedly will become my future. But it’s hard to read something like A Cool Million and not feel a piece thy realistic self crumble and disintegrate, fall to … Continue reading

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“What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.” ― John Steinbeck

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Why Society Hates Its Writers

About a month ago, someone posed to me that age-old question about why our society loves to glorify its athletes, celebrities, and businesspeople while its intellectuals: particularly its writers and artists scrape a living off of periodicals and food stamps. … Continue reading

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Paul Auster’s “The New York Trilogy”

“Whether it might have turned out differently, or whether it was all predetermined…is not the question. The question is the story itself, and whether or not it means something is not for the story to tell.” Such are the words … Continue reading

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“If a nation’s literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays” (Ezra Pound)

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Do Politics Ruin Poetry?

On Sunday, January 20, 2013, Richard Blanco, an openly gay Latino immigrant, delivered Barack Obama’s inauguration poem: “One Today.” It was called a “fine example of public poetry” by Entertainment Weekly, alongside the attributive adjectives “humble” and “modest.” (Although The … Continue reading

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