“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”
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Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.
Five years ago, the short story collection The Littlest Hitler hit bookshelves, announcing Ryan Boudinot as one of our funniest and most exciting new writers.
Self-described “aging Celtic scribe” Pete Hamill is, in the argot of our time, an old-school journalist and writer. Born in Brooklyn during the 20th century’s Great Depression, he was a high school dropout whose first interests were in the visual arts.
In addition to editing The Foghorn, Summer Block has published essays, short fiction, and poetry in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Identity Theory, DIAGRAM, Monkeybicycle, PANK, and many other publications.
Diligently and exhaustively researched, Okrent’s Last Call makes clear the numerous and varied parts to the complex story of America’s “noble experiment” to outlaw the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages.
“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?”
Lydia Millet is the author of six novels, most recently How the Dead Dream (2008), which was named a best book of the year by the L.A. Times. Her new collection of short stories is called Love in Infant Monkeys (2009). Her 2002 novel My Happy Life won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (2005) was shortlisted for Britain’s Arthur C. Clarke Prize.
Major Jackson’s books of poetry include Hoops and Leaving Saturn. The latter was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His work has appeared in such publications as the American Poetry Review, Boulevard, and The New Yorker.
Had he only published his gadfly magazine, The Realist, he would be worthy of high praise and attention, but Krassner continues to ply his subversion in books and other places.
Rick Moody is one of the most celebrated American writers of his generation. His work includes four novels: Garden State, The Ice Storm, Purple America, and The Diviners, as well as three collections of short fiction, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, Demonology, and Right Livelihoods.
Have you ever asked yourself the deepest philosophical question that drives all introspection, which is: Why am I so neurotic and screwed up? Well, stop blaming your mother. It’s because you have three brains, and they have never once agreed on anything.
“West of Kabul was about how it feels to be part of this other culture. Destiny Disrupted is not so much about feeling. It’s more about trying to convey a whole different conceptual framework…”
Joe Meno is the kind of guy who feels the same way I do about reading, viewing it as really almost a religious experience–an intimate, imaginative way to respond to the world we live in.