A Modest Proposal For The Precariat Class: Dalkey Archive and Intern Nation

Dalkey Archive Press, in an act that feels a little like ex post facto justification and a little like misguided reprisal, has suspended the intern program, perhaps permanently, which is really just a lose-lose shame.

Literary Television vs. Literature on TV

The implicit contrast of the acclaimed “Dickensian” shows is that of reality TV, but a reality TV show featuring competitive author performances could flip that construction on its head.

Oblivion By Design: Drones and Social Media

In a digital age of digital warfare fought (on one side, at least) on computer screens, a reaction on computer screens is only natural.

War is Hell

Casting policy in a military light is certainly not a new practice, of course, but today’s skirmishes are a far cry from the legislative crusades of the last century.

Henry, Paul, and Bela

The Portrait of a Lady, The Master, and Damnation, characterized by intimacy and interiority, are savage in their affect and practically ooze feeling. Moreover, they are narrative triumphs which make for a strange trifecta but somehow, a fitting one.

Creation and Collapse Through The Thrift Store

The Shelley I admire is the the other half of the famous couple: the Shelley who built a monster. I look at each consumerist tragedy as if it were a parts list, rather than an approach to sincerity by way of a font of irony.

The Great American Proctologist

With Roth in retirement, who will diagnose America’s ills?

The Laws of Attraction

We can look past Jude Law’s features and see only the face of the character — old, emotionally stunted, and quite unattractive.

Night Presence IV, Not Present

“When we opened the sculpture up there was just air,” Kuhn said. “The entire central section was a pile of iron dust that had long since washed away.”

Reimagining America’s Ugliest Spaces

In the otherwise bleak landscape of our criminal justice system, these empty prisons could be an atypical source of hope and reclamation.