American Gods & More

David Guy recalls his friend and mentor Reynolds Price.

Kim Chernin reviews Phil Wolfson’s Noe: A Father-Son Song of Love, Life, Illness, and Death, a moving book about losing a child to leukemia.

Are you a willing slave of claptrap?  British philosopher Stephen Law, author of Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked Into an Intellectual Black Hole, offers liberating advice in an interview here.

Howard A. Rodman remembers the day he first walked into an obscure bookstore in Paris that sold only books by Jules Verne.

Robert Birnbaum has a lengthy chat with Arthur Phillips, author of Prague and The Tragedy of Arthur.

British author Neil Gaiman talks about punk rock and Twitter as influences on his work.  His book American Gods has just been reissued in a 10th anniversary hardcover edition.

Congrats to DeWitt Henry on the 40th anniversary of Ploughshares magazine, one of the country’s literary treasures. There’s an interview with Henry here.

In An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War, J. Hoberman recounts how pliant studios “transmuted the Red Menace onscreen into aliens, Indians, and juvenile delinquents,” writes David D’Arcy. Hoberman discusses the book here.

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