August, 2007

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. »

In Retrospect: NBCC winner Mark Rudman on Robert Lowell’s Day by Day

by admin | Aug-22-2007

All his life Lowell was trying to become comfortable with imperfection and in Day by Day he does. The book was an open door for him and it contains the »

In Retrospect: Ann Charters on Joyce Johnson’s “Minor Characters.”

by admin | Aug-22-2007

Q: Has Joyce Johnson's memoir, Minor Characters reconfigured how we see Kerouac, what we know of him as a writer and a person? A: I don't think Joyce' »

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