Essays

Paying to Work

On the Student/Worker Distinction

Uncovering the Popular Midwestern Gothic

The American Midwest in idea and in fact is girded.

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

The general proximity of Alex Israel’s SPF-18

The Bridge, The Pyramid and The Spire

Parable as architecture; construction as crime

The Tenderness Junction

There is a direct link between listening and life, perceivable in its absence. What we cannot say and what we cannot hear matter.

Some Questions About First Novels

The history of the novel is also the history of people coming into an understanding of themselves, of the ways in which we use art not only to reflect but also to change ourselves.

Kingdoms of the Border

The world described by Herrera’s thematic border trilogy is a present that despite—or because—of its hints of the archaic, has the ring of a dystopian near-future.

While reading “Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns”

The doubled reality of one Marianne Moore poem

Frank O’Hara’s Notorious B.I.G.

The affinities between New York’s most mercurial lyricists.

Poetry of Negation and the Negation of Poetry: Dissidence and form in Vietnamese poetry

Dissident poetry resonates against oppression, advocates for democracy, reveals previously undisclosed information, and attacks (the dogma of) traditional values associated with state power.