June 8, 2012

Poetry and Entropy

By Amit Majmudar

It’s not often that the nuclear radiologist in me shows up on this blog, but Dr. Majmudar—reader of medical images created by measuring positron annihilations and differential tissue attenuation—would like […]

June 8, 2012

Short Takes: Cutting It Out, Keeping It In

By Andrew David King

Gangs of robots, social expectations, and charting syllogisms: if George Saunders, Lewis Carroll, and many others had written the much-maligned Twilight series. C. S. Lewis on “the thing” writers write […]

April 25, 2012

Performing justice

By Hilary Plum

Last week I was one of many Americans who unwittingly clicked through to the “new” Bank of America website and was, for a moment, completely taken in. “Dear Fellow American,” […]

April 18, 2012

Literature and home

By Hilary Plum

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the 12th annual Juniper Literary Festival at UMass Amherst. A homecoming of sorts, since I received an MFA from UMass […]

March 9, 2012

David Grossman: Why? Who Died?

By Hilary Plum

Today I’m re-posting this piece by Israeli writer David Grossman (discovered via)—an introductory note by the translator, Sol Salbe, appears in italics below. Last Friday Haaretz did something unusual: it […]

March 6, 2012

The Lost Art of Finding Fairytales

By Andrew David King

From the beginning of “The Turnip Princess,” one of 500 fairytales collected by the historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 1800s and which, until now, had been locked away […]

February 25, 2012

Translation and money laundering

By Hilary Plum

A friend just sent me a link to this excellent interview at the Loggernaut reading series (dateless, it seems, and also timeless?) with Ammiel Alcalay—author, most recently, of “neither wit […]

February 23, 2012

And Another Thing:

By Amit Majmudar

My favorite word in the English language (at least for today) is and. I’ve realized it’s the basis of my metaphysics—many Gods and one Brahman—as well as of my literary […]