Author Archives: James Warner

James Warner

James Warner has placed stories in Ninth Letter, Agni Online, Night Train, and elsewhere. He blogs for Identity Theory at Everything Unfinished. His personal website is JamesWarner.net.

Interview: Alex Shakar, Author of Luminarium

Alex Shakar

Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.

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David Foster Wallace and the Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

Interviewed by Stacey Schmeidel for the Spring 1999 issue of Amherst Magazine, David Foster Wallace said, “The truth is I don’t think I’ve ever found anything as purely ‘moving’ as the end of The Velveteen Rabbit when I first read it.”

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K.M. Soehnlein

KM Soehnlein

“I think what preoccupies me is transition, that zone between one place of relative stasis to another, in particular how we act, or react, when we don’t know what will happen next. Or, put another way: during moments when external circumstances throw us into crisis or flux, what do we do?”

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Another Perishing Protocol

Blogger turned off support for FTP publishing last night. Another vanishing technology – serve me right for getting nostalgic about mailboxes.

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The Magic Darkness of the Mailbox

Paul Auster’s The Locked Room brilliantly evokes a writer’s relationship with his mailbox.

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Susan Palwick’s The Necessary Beggar

The Necessary Beggar makes it clear what Palwick thinks a Christian attitude to homelessness, healthcare, and immigration would be.

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Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase

The novel is filled with such analysis-defying brilliances. “In the aquarium of my memory, it is always late autumn.” What’s not to like?

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Melancholy Inscription Anecdotes

Anything to do with Disch gets me down nowadays.

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Understatement and Overstatement

To Californians, England is a culture of understatement. To the English, California is a culture of overstatement. But from a more global perspective, both cultures are rather on the understated side of things.

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Dehaene and Proto-Letters

In Reading in the Brain, Stanislas Dehaene asks “What does a macaque do with the brain areas that we now devote to reading?”

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J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello

It’s exhilarating to find a novel in which such incommensurate world-views as Afrocentrism, veganism, and Catholicism are debated intelligently.

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The Everetts and the Pirahã

I just read Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes, a book by Daniel L. Everett about his time with the Pirahã (pronounced pee-da-HAN) tribe in the Brazilian Amazon.

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InsideStorytime BREAKDOWN

Events, tax day humor, and more.

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Vonnegut and the Y-Axis

I guess happy endings aren’t an organic feature of the stories ordinary people are driven to tell, but rather a constraint imposed on us by capitalist realism or socialist realism as the case may be?

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Series One of Skins

There are TV shows that, if you just watch whatever episode happens to be on the air right now, might strike you as kind of gratuitous — but if you watch the episodes in sequence and in the right spirit, turn out to have literary depth.

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