“This is beautiful writing, an amalgam of music, syntax, and thought working in perfect concert to express a complex but unified idea.” A review of William Gass’s Life Sentences.
“Every story in this collection is the offspring of an obsession and a haunting.” Q&A with Melissa Pritchard (The Odditorium). Here.
Russell Banks on Nelson Algen: “He was a heroic figure to me in my 20’s. And in my 30’s too. We stayed pretty close over those years. He used to say, ‘A writer who knows what he is doing doesn’t know very much. Remember that.’ Robert Birnbaum interviews.
Paul Maliszewski (Prayer and Parable: Stories) on sentences, agents, etc. Here.
“Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.” An interview with Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness).
An interview with Graham Mackintosh, author of that cult classic about Baja, Into a Desert Place.
“Moving–and disturbing.” A review of Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters.
“Of the many literary festivals in India, Jaipur is the big one. It’s the one to go and be seen at,” says novelist Samit Basu. A report.
“Art museums are funky places.” An interview with Louis A. Ruprecht (Winckelmann and the Vatican’s First Profane Museum).
He was raised “like a veal” in a stringent, ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey, N.Y. An interview with Shalom Audlander (Hope: A Tragedy). Here.
Four hundred years of New York City–from the pages of diaries. A review of Teresa Carpenter’s anthology New York Diaries: 1609-2009.
“Water will be the defining resource of the coming century,” says Alex Prud’homme (The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century). Here.