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 […]

April 8, 2015


By Cody Walker

In The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, Rick Barot, one of the book’s contributors, offers this bit of testimony about his development as a writer: For years, what I cared about […]

April 10, 2014

Art Spiegelman, Through the Looking-Glass

By Cody Walker

Tonight in Ypsilanti, Art Spiegelman gave a talk titled “What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?” The crowd was a mix of EMU students and fiftysomethings in nylon windbreakers; Spiegelman took […]

December 30, 2010

Double Double, Part 2 (Abecedarians)

By Cody Walker

The Best American Poetry 2010, guest edited by Amy Gerstler, is chock-full of dark delights: Sandra Beasley’s “Unit of Measure,” Lynn Emanuel’s “Dear Final Journey,” Gabriel Gudding’s “And What, Friends, […]

December 1, 2010

Today, 70 Years Pryor

By Cody Walker

Had he not died in 2005 of cardiac arrest, Richard Pryor would have turned seventy years old today. He survives in countless ways — in video clips from The Ed […]