Recent Entries:

  • January 6th, 2008

    Literary people have long provided the most moving, entertaining, and unconventional views of institutionalized religion. Voltaire, famously: “Religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances; it is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.”

  • December 31st, 2007

    In his first novel A Painter of Our Time (1959), John Berger wrote, “We today pause to reflect on whether our severity may be made more severe; and in every one of those pauses the artist faces the same difficulty – it is the difficulty that unites us – the difficulty of making the intangible tangible, of creating a cold form to contain our fervent content.

  • December 24th, 2007

    Commenting in the LA Times on the 2007 publication of The Collected Stories of Leonard Michaels, Lynell George said, “What's still most hypnotizing about Michaels' work isn't just the circumstances of characters coming together or the shock of their collisions; it's also the thrumming violence that occupies a space so close to love.” I was reminded that in 1978 we published

  • December 23rd, 2007

    Here are three poetry titles published this past year that you may have overlooked or not encountered at all. The succeeding waves of new poetry in April tend to swamp those landed the previous spring and through the year. So I wish these books an extended debut into the new year.

    Four additional poetry titles will be discussed in a forthcoming blogpost.

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  • December 21st, 2007

    First published in 2004 as Paradijs Verloren, Lost Paradise completes the second half of an orbit achieved by its mirrored opposite, Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” which is quoted or mentioned here and there.

  • December 11th, 2007

    In The Art of Time in Memoir, Sven Birkerts names three approaches to discovering “a dramatic explanatory narrative” in memoir: “For some the event-based story of the past may be paramount … for others it may be the process of discovering that there is a story … and for still others the main incentive might be to connect with the elusive feelings and associations of what happene