June 3, 2019

The Doodles of Famous Authors

By Caroline Hagood

I’m not shy about my love of words, letters, and even whole sentences. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a truly impressive feat of cultural curation over at […]

June 8, 2018

The Quest for the Enchanted Writing Tip

By Caroline Hagood

Many writers spend their whole careers chasing that enchanted writing tip that will make them extraordinary, and there’s certainly no shortage of craft advice. Some authors (I’m looking at you, […]

May 23, 2016

Forget I Said It

By Cody Walker

According to a recent essay in the New York Times, Americans feel pretty awful on Mondays. Google searches for “depression” and “anxiety” are at their highest; searches for “jokes” are […]

August 31, 2015

Ross, Pynchon, Vonnegut (Part Two)

By Cody Walker

In Kurt Vonnegut’s Paris Review interview, he calls his books “mosaics of jokes.” (The PR interview, published in 1977, is itself a kind of mosaic; it draws from four different […]

August 30, 2015

Ross, Pynchon, Vonnegut (Part One)

By Cody Walker

Yesterday, at the end of my discussion of Fran Ross’s Oreo, I promised to do something that I’ll have to do anyway in a couple of months: compare Ross to Thomas […]

September 28, 2013

Matter and Antimatter

By Cody Walker

Twenty-eight years ago, at the University of Wisconsin, I took an introductory course in philosophy. Asked to write about epistemology (as espoused by Descartes, I think, or maybe Bishop Berkeley), […]

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 […]

September 6, 2011

Short Takes: Crying and Laughing, or Both

By Andrew David King

A kind of poetic justice, in which an Ottawa prosecutor’s rhyme helped to convict an impaired driver in court. Plugged into Google Correlate (a tool which lets you free-draw graph […]

August 9, 2010

The Kids Are All Bright

By Elizabeth Ames Staudt

A favorite teacher of mine tipped me early on that there would be people who would tell you never to write about childhood, especially not from the perspective of a […]