Off the Road

ON THE ROAD no longer holds the allure it once did.

Reading Under The Influence

As Charles de Saint Evremond writes in his Miscellaneous Essays (1692), “When a Man, intoxicated with reading, makes his first step in the World, ’tis usually a false one.”

Why Can’t We Have a Good Inaugural Poet Ever?

If poets are uncomfortable writing a poem to celebrate the president, why do we keep having someone come and read a poem written especially for the occasion?

Exciting New Online Literary Magazines

With so many online literary magazines and journals, it can be hard to keep up with the newest and most exciting. Here is a guide to some new up and comers.

Fear of Flying

No matter which airline I fly, I continue to cringe at the deliberately ominous abstraction of the announcement, “We’ll be on the ground shortly.”

Six Songs About Whiskey

Thanks, whiskey! Drinking music from Tex Ritter, Willie Dixon, Lotte Lenya, Eyehategod, Texas Top Hands, and The Pogues.

Me and My Bible

She turned into what? A pillar of salt?! Whoa. A father nearly killing his son, Isaac? Gadzooks!

Dispatches from Indian Country

There is a lot of history — a lot of history — that has never made its way into the history books.

Do You Have [censored]?

A tale of two bookstores.

The Internet Is Not The Only 24-Hour Bookstore

“I mean, once we’ve got everything scanned, and cheap reading devices are ubiquitous…nobody’s going to need bookstores, right?”