February 18, 2016

The Weight that Will Make Us Planets

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

A week before the Lunar New Year, an old friend whom you met only last year drops you a line, which means you Skype. Lately the computer freezes because he’s […]

August 20, 2013

Café of the Future

By Brian Michael Murphy

The Long Now Foundation is hiring volunteers to curate their “Manual for Civilization,” a collection of 3500 volumes to be shelved in the Long Now Salon. Founded in “01996,” Long […]

May 23, 2013

The Regression to the Primitive

By Amit Majmudar

  Northrop Frye, discussing the arc of Shakespeare’s plays, says something very profound about Shakespeare’s late “Romances,” like A Winter’s Tale and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.   …as a dramatist, […]

December 9, 2012

Short Takes: By the Letter, By the Draft

By Andrew David King

August Wilson: “Blues is the bedrock of everything I do. All the characters in my plays, their ideas and their attitudes, the stance that they adopt in the world, are […]

July 2, 2012

The Jack of All Modes

By Amit Majmudar

When you publish a novel, there’s often a flurry of interviews over the ensuing months. The interviewers repeat questions independently of one another. It’s an interesting indicator of what people […]

September 13, 2011

Short Takes: Glossophobia

By Andrew David King

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, to Raymond Chandler in 1958: “I don’t know if you do, but I find it extremely difficult to write about villains. Villains are […]

September 20, 2010


By Jay Thompson

At the edge of the caldera, a pack animal stumbles: The following evening as they rode up onto the western rim they lost one of the mules. It went skittering […]