David Bergen’s Here the Dark (2020)

2020-10-06T11:55:50-05:00

My experience reading David Bergen runs the gamut. When I first read The Time in Between, I felt disengaged from the story. Years later, stuck in a waiting room with The Matter with Morris (2010), I recognized layers to his storytelling which I’d missed before. With The Age of

David Bergen’s Here the Dark (2020)2020-10-06T11:55:50-05:00

Adam Wilson’s Sensation Machines (2020)

2020-09-29T17:30:48-05:00

Adam Wilson’s Sensation Machines (2020) is smart and disturbing, subversive and entertaining. It’s set in an eerily could-be-now New York City: “Headlines warned of rising sea levels and methane emissions. Chronicled the continuing barrage of Weinstein-esque behavior in politics and entertainment. Addressed the uptick in anti-immigration violence in the

Adam Wilson’s Sensation Machines (2020)2020-09-29T17:30:48-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In a War”

2020-09-29T16:24:03-05:00

In a passage near the end of “Let It Pass”, Steven observes the precarious nature of memory. He openly acknowledges its fallibility: “I have probably altered my recollection of that moment, changed its shape, refined it, as I still sometimes will tinker with shreds of a dream.” So when

Mavis Gallant’s “In a War”2020-09-29T16:24:03-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Scarves, Beads, Sandals”

2020-08-26T13:03:21-05:00

No need to debate the significance of the Oxford comma here—there’s no ‘and’ to stir the pot. One could easily mis-identify the story and add the conjunction. But this is not a story about a set of accessories. It is about a series of another sort. A series of

Mavis Gallant’s “Scarves, Beads, Sandals”2020-08-26T13:03:21-05:00

Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)

2020-10-01T16:37:50-05:00

Many of the letters in A Memoir of Friendship are about writing and reading, books and manuscripts; Blanche Howard and Carol Shields swapped book recommendations and writing frustrations and philosophies alongside the everyday stuff and nonsense of life. In 1993, Blanche wrote to Carol Shields, two years after their

Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)2020-10-01T16:37:50-05:00
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