I haven’t read the book, Kathleen Alcott’s novel Infinite Home, and this excerpt in Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading is good, but what struck me was the opening of Catherine Lacey’s introduction: Grief as a home, or better … Continue reading
Zachary Leader‘s The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune has just been published (by Cape in England, Knopf in the U.S.), giving a bevy of wonderful writers, critics, and pundits a chance to reflect on the colorful old … Continue reading
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From a review of Kate Bassett’s biography of Jonathan Miller, who apparently sprang from the mind of Monty Python: As a Cambridge undergraduate he liked to turn heads by walking barefoot through the streets carrying a large marrow.
Something now lost in the mists of memory made me think of Kurt Vonnegut, perhaps, oddly enough, a story just published in Narrative, “The Big Trip Up Yonder“–oddly, because when I tried to find a record of the incident that came to … Continue reading
So peculiar: Upon reading Rachel Cusk’s piece about parenting in the New York Times Magazine (no, the piece, not the parenting, was in the magazine) and encountering this: Raymond Carver’s disturbing poem, “On an Old Photograph of My Son,” an outpouring … Continue reading