(Self-)Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

O’Connor mentioned this self-portrait in letters to friends, enclosed copies of it to pen pals she had never met, and begged publishers to include it on book jackets. According to O’Connor’s wry reports, it was not well-received, so what could explain her fixation on the painting?

SWANS CROSSING and the Makings of a Forgotten Teen Melodrama

In a world where most cultural biproducts from the nineties are revered for being so bad they’re good, I’m shocked at Swans’ relatively absent cult following. Where are the VHS trading posts? Where is the fan fiction? Why aren’t more people reminiscing the crap out of this awful show?

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.