What Are You Recommending, James Polk?

by admin | Dec-12-2007

LAST week, the NBCC launched a Best Recommended List, drawn from the votes of our members and over a hundred former finalists and winners of our award. (For more on that go here). One of the voters was critic James Polk. Here's what he had to say about the title he voted for.

"The Art of Political Murder" operates at a bloody Guatemalan junction where justice and injustice interact, assembling a truth from the scattered shards of memory and deliberate distortion, corruption and courage, until the gruesome story of a bloody crime with official overtones and its tangled aftermath come clear. Along the way, Goldman digs deep into the human soul and what he finds there is at once triumphant and chilling, a provocative insight into the myriad of ways people react to life-threatening stress.

--James Polk teaches literature at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.




About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).

Subscribe






Categories & Archives

Become a Member of the NBCC

NBCC Awards

Finalists for 2017

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions



Upcoming Events

NBCC Finalists’ Reading: March 13th, 2019

NBCC Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 14th, 2019

NBCC at AWP19 with Paul Beatty and Joan Silber: March 28th, 2019

NBCC at AWP19 The Future of Criticism: A Conversation with Established and Emerging Critics: March 30th, 2019


Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2017 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2017 Finalists Reading

All videos and podcasts.