World Cup 2015: What Women Want

Read this thoughtful short essay in The New Inquiry today. It celebrates the Women’s World Cup athletes and takes a closer look at wanting something so badly helps us (and women in particular) transcend self-consciousness. The author writes: At least a few times a month, I find myself giving a silent, spontaneous thanks that something shifted enough within me to start treating my body…

Paste Resurrection

On a recent visit to New York the ever-charming Charles McNair, Books Editor of Paste entertained guests at the sumptuous Jade Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel where he let us know the good news that Paste Magazine will be continuing its excellent arts coverage online. The magazine made a name for itself by being a pioneer in the free music biz, offering free…

Women Make a Rumpus

Lovely reading at Greenlight Books tonight by the Women of the Rumpus from Volume 1 (so called because they got so many submissions they plan to make a second volume) of their new book. It’s a great compliation of new writing by women authors. Editors Julie Grecius and Elissa Bassist initially had to battle against the perception that literary writing by women wasn’t funny, but…

The Most Literary Rent Party Ever

For those of you in NY in February, consider attending this wonderful event in support of novelist Charles Bok and his family. A great idea and excellent example of why writers congregate in NYC despite the weather, the prices and the subway yelling.

“Because I could not stop for community college, it kindly stopped for me.”

Following a trail of breadcrumbs from my friend Liza Monroy’s website, I found William Bowers’ really exceptional essay “All We Read is Freaks” at The Rumpus.  Bowers writes about his childhood love of Dickinson and the heartbreak of grasping for poetry and finding it insufficient to inspire his community college students in Gainesville, Florida.  At the same time, Emily Dickinson’s poetry gives the author…

Paste Feature: Carolina De Robertis’ Invisible Mountain

Just posted in it’s entirety at Paste Magazine: Profile of debut novelist Carolina De Robertis’ stunning novel, set in Uruguay and beyond. Carolina was a wonderful interview, we discussed, among other things, the ghettoization of Latin American authors into the “magic realism” genre. Invisible Mountain was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the…

The Golden Age Review at BOMBlog

Film Comment Selects at Lincoln Center screened a great new film by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu.  I reviewed the film for my In Sight column at BOMBlog.

Carolina De Robertis Profile

I recently profiled emerging writer Carolina De Robertis for Paste Magazine’s new issue (October, ’09). Carolina was an amazing interview, talking about wide-ranging topics from the bastardization of the term “magic realism” to the intersections between life and storytelling.  I can’t recommend her debut novel Invisible Mountain highly enough. She recently graced NY with her presence, reading from the novel at the Brooklyn Book…

Prepare to Meet Thy Odd: Punk, Folk and Jem Cohen

New article about filmmaker Jem Cohen on my In Sight column at the BOMBlog.