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Nathanael West

First Nighter: Neil LaBute's Money Shot Hits the Target

David Finkle | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Money Shot (title appropriated from porn-industry jargon, if you didn't already know) shouldn't be as consistently amusing as it is. LaBute get his laughs -- and he gets a carload of them -- from two embarrassingly easy targets.

12 Fascinating Literary Facts

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Ernest Hemingway once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he'd 'pissed away' so much of his money into it that he owned it.

Juliann Garey on the Nature of Memory and Sex in a Bipolar World

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.16.2013 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

No, he is a man who is spiraling into a vortex of delusion, mania and depression. But the book is about more than mental illness. It is a meditation on memory, its hopscotch, recursive nature and the extent to which forgiveness is possible for the memory-deprived.

Lost & Found in Translation

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.01.2012 | Books
Joe Woodward

Let us enjoy the surprises, the challenges of literature in all languages, in translation and otherwise. Let us contemplate the writer, too, writing in all her forms. Let us see how we are.

Happy Birthday Nathanael West!

Joe Woodward | Posted 12.14.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

As Dorothy Parker said, and I agree, "Wildly funny, desperately sad, brutal and kind, furious and patient, there was no other like Nathanael West."

Where Art & Politics Collide

Joe Woodward | Posted 11.06.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

In America today, to mix art and politics in any literal sense is considered either passé or taboo, but in the 1930s it was a vein of practice mined by many writers and artists.

The Writer and the Fallowed Field

Joe Woodward | Posted 07.07.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

Gustave Flaubert wrestles with the ravages of old age, religion, the joy and heartbreak of love, children, and more. Though each of these stories is just some 40 pages long, they loom larger in the imagination.

Writers, Writing on Writing: The Best American Essays 2010

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

These 21 essays "defy" rather than "define" the sometimes accused staid genre of the essay -- writing that can be too dry and too full of argument.

The Beatification of David Foster Wallace

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

It wasn't lost on me this week that progress was recently made on the "canonization" of David Foster Wallace.

How to Write Better, in the Words of Mock Amy Sedaris

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

Writing is hard. But it's easy, too, like talking and baking. Baking isn't hard. It's the easiest thing to do in the kitchen, besides the microwave...

Flannery O'Connor for Congress

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

When you find yourself agreeing with one of those Sunday morning talking heads, remember, it's like carnival food -- it tastes good, but it isn't good for you.

Bibliography: A True Confession

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

I have a book festish for the back matter of biographies and histories. I toggle between "selected" and "annotated," and back again. I even test the dreaded "further reading," but it just seemed too pushy.