August, 2007

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 were...read »

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 percent...read »

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. With...read »

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 most...read »

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's...read »

What to Read this Fall

by Marcela Valdes | Aug-22-2007

1) The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (Riverhead, Sept.)I'm completely over the moon for this novel, which Díaz fans have waited for ever...read »

In Retrospect: A Q&A with Joyce Johnson

by admin | Aug-20-2007

With the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road fast approaching (it was published on September 5, 1957), it is only appropriate to speak with Joyce...read »

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