I’m not into concrete poetry for the same reasons that Donald Barthelme wasn’t into conceptual art: it seems too easy, and once you “get” it, you don’t need it anymore. But it’s a lot easier to dismiss genres than individual artists. My exception to the rule is Robert Zend.
After the stir over the release of Barack Obama’s letter on “The Wasteland” to his college girlfriend, the timing seemed right to dig into the epistolary archives of other contemporary political figures.
Full Stop Editor-in-Chief Alex Shephard’s interview with Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach (which we published in September) has been included with the paperback release of the book.
If Parks and Recreation is positioning itself as a kind of parable for national politics, its clear distinction between the parameters of corporate and public power, so blurred in today’s laws and practices, makes it painfully obvious that much of what we consider commonplace in today’s political scene is not just morally unsound, but truly anti-republican and anti-democratic.