Literary Flaneurs.

As I’m a sucker for a good story that involves a bunch of meditative walking—from W.G. Sebald to Rousseau to Ben Lerner to Teju Cole, just to name a few—anybody taking on the moniker flaneur immediately piques my interest. Hence why I’m keeping up a series of other flaneurs over at PANK, including this delightful one from […]

Writers and the “Literary Internet.”

Flavorwire, listing the top 35 (why 35?) writers who make up the “literary internet”: The debate as to whether the Internet is good or bad for literature doesn’t seem any closer to resolution now than when it began, years ago, but the fact remains that some people in the literary world are excellent at using Twitter, […]

By the Book: Teju Cole.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight this recent By the Book feature—one of the great book-related features on the web—since it has one of the most talented writers working today, Teju Cole. While he generated a lot of interesting reading leads, he also has some insightful  comments on Twitter: It’s such a combative place […]

On the Pleasures and Solitudes of Quiet Books.

Lovely essay by Emily St. John Mandel at The Millions on so-called “quiet” books: Lately, possibly because it’s been a long summer of continuous hard work on a new novel and I don’t want to think about plot just now, or perhaps because my annual allotment of vacation days at my day job resets every September […]

Poems as Machines: Ben Lerner’s “Leaving the Atocha Station”

I watched the poet Richard Blanco’s inaugural reading with an additional layer of skepticism. His poem, One Today, which opens with plain verve (“One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores”) dissolved in the moment. Obama had just roused the crowd with progressive promises, and while his speech was not filled with detailed […]