August, 2007

What to Read this Fall

by Kevin Prufer | Aug-28-2007

1) Recently published and terrific: John Gallaher’s THE LITTLE BOOK OF GUESSES (Four Way, 2007). Critics want to compare Gallaher to Ashbery and, well, »

In Retrospect: Karen Long on Patrick Neate’s “Where You’re At”

by admin | Aug-28-2007

When I first saw Patrick Neate, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and climbing the stage of the New School in Manhattan, preparing to read from his book, »

Thinking About New Orleans: Joshua Clark on Katrina’s Second Anniversary

by Jane Ciabattari | Aug-28-2007

It's hard to judge how many writers have been displaced, dislocated and disoriented by Katrina and aftermath. This is part of a series I started a »

In Retrospect: Patrick Neate’s Hip-Hop Playlist

by admin | Aug-27-2007

This week, in addition to regular programming, Critical Mass will be revisiting Patrick Neate's 2004 criticism winner, "Where You're At: Notes from »

A Brief History of the Short Story in America

by admin | Aug-27-2007

The development and rise of the American short story in the 19th century was the result of simple market forces. Because urban populations in America »

Around the World with Joyce Johnson

by admin | Aug-24-2007

Earlier this week, Joyce Johnson wrote about her time with Kerouac in Vanity Fair.  You can buy her memoir, Minor Characters, at Powells for 20 »

In Retrospect: Suzuki Beane, Beatniks, and the Beats

by admin | Aug-23-2007

When I was eight years old, one of my mother’s sophisticated New York friends gave me a book entitledSuzuki Beane. I was immediately enchanted. »

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