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Book Review: Shadow

February 26, 2015
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In the second volume of Will Elliott’s fantastic “Pendulum” trilogy, a large and engaging cast of characters fight to survive in a world drastically out of balance

It Wasn’t Palimpsestuous

July 1, 2014
It Wasn’t Palimpsestuous

The collectors of rare 78 rpm records are nearly as singular and remarkable as the vinyl they seek out. A new book travels to flea markets and music fairs to discover the secrets of these American obsessives.

Absent Friends: Lean Years of Plenty

June 1, 2014
Absent Friends: Lean Years of Plenty

For a little over two years, shortly before she died, short story master Katherine Mansfield wrote a weekly book review column. Those pieces not only shed light on Mansfield’s particular slant of genius, but have much to say about the embattled art of reviewing.

The Selves in Ourself

May 1, 2014
The Selves in Ourself

In Valeria Luiselli’s debut novel, a young Mexican woman imagines the real life of a long-dead man whose writings she has forged in the voice of a famous American poet. Then things get complicated.

The Word Made Flesh

April 1, 2014
The Word Made Flesh


February 2014 Issue

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December 2013 Issue

December 8, 2013
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Quick, Off the Mark

November 1, 2013
Quick, Off the Mark

Campaign books have short shelf-lives – and they deserve them, since most of them have about as much introspection as yesterday’s racing form. Greg Waldmann reads a recent book on the pivotal 2012 U.S. presidential election.

October 2013 Issue

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June 2013 Issue

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Olivia Manning: A Woman at War
By Deirdre David
Oxford University Press, 2013
When is a woman writer not a “woman writer”? What does it mean to claim or resist that identity — for a woman who writes, …

June 2013 Issue

June 1, 2013
June 2013 Issue

“96th Street” by Jeffrey Eaton

May 2013 Issue

May 1, 2013
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“www.deepintrusion.com, 2004” by Laura Carton
from Stripped, 2010

April 2013 Issue

April 1, 2013
New York Dash

“New York Dash”
by Greg Waldmann

March 2013 Issue

March 1, 2013
March 2013 Issue

By the poet Paul Hannigan, who would have turned 77 this month

February 2013 Issue

February 1, 2013
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“Refinement and Elegance,” 2010
by Caleb Cole

“I’m interested in failure…”

February 1, 2013
“I’m interested in failure…”

a conversation with cover-artist Caleb Cole

January 2013 Issue

January 1, 2013
January 2013 Issue

A still from Face (triptych)
by Aaron Angello

December 2012: The Burgess Issue

December 1, 2012
December 2012: The Burgess Issue

“Anthony Burgess”
by Rachel Burgess

A conversation with David Abed

November 1, 2012
A conversation with David Abed

“Inside the Glass Origin” (detail)
By David Abed

October 2012 Issue

October 1, 2012
October 2012 Issue

from “Ink” by Katie Caron

September 2012 Issue

September 1, 2012

“Prewar” by Kathleen Rooney

August 2012 Issue

August 1, 2012

from Useful Fictions by Adrianne Mathiowetz

July 2012 Issue

July 1, 2012

from Imeday Imeday Olladay Icklenay
by Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw

June 2012 Issue

June 1, 2012

photo by Jeff Proctor

May 2012 Issue

May 1, 2012
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Theresa Anderson
“Bernie Bee”

April 2012 Issue

April 1, 2012

Joshua Ware
“Hannibal Missouri”

March 2012 Issue

March 1, 2012
Five Years

February 2012 Issue

February 1, 2012

Megan Heeres
detail from “Home Alone”

January 2012 Issue

January 1, 2012
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Bill Amundson
“The Promised Land”

December 2011 Issue

December 1, 2011

Rebirth to the Stars
by Patti Lee Becker

November 2011 Issue

November 1, 2011
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from “A Strange Beauty”
by John Bonath

October 2011 Issue

October 1, 2011

from “Collective Tissue”
by Katie Caron

September 2011 Issue

September 1, 2011

“Do what the clouds do (for Charles Wright)”
by Charles Matson Lume

August 2011 Issue

August 1, 2011

from “Chapel for One”
by Quynh Vantu

July 2011 Issue

July 1, 2011

from “Keeping Up Appearances”
by Elizabeth Alexander

June 2011 Issue

June 1, 2011

“Spiro #0114” by Tim Eads

May 2011 Issue

May 1, 2011
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“Music Box Toaster” by Julie Schustack

April 2011 Issue

April 1, 2011
Thicket by Karen Roehl

“Thicket” by Karen Roehl

March 2011 Issue

March 1, 2011

“Celestial Navigation” by Peter Illig and Rebecca Vaughan

February 2011 Issue

February 1, 2011
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“4 Men at a Desk” by Addie Langford

January 2011 Issue

January 1, 2011

from “After Usuyuki” by Anne Gorrick

December 2010 Issue

December 1, 2010
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“Greenhouse Post” by J. Robert Lennon

November 2010 Issue

November 1, 2010

from “Study (St. Eustace)” by Sarah Goldstein

October 2010 Issue

October 1, 2010

“Unquote” by Skye Gilkerson

#3 The Big Short

October 1, 2010

The Big Short
By Michael Lewis
W.W. Norton, 2010
I used to know a pair of aspiring plutocrats who’d occasionally trade books about rich investors managing, through their cunning, to get even richer. “He’s a very interesting guy,” …

#2 The Obama Diaries

October 1, 2010

#2 in our third annual Fiction Bestseller List feature.

#5 Sliding into Home

October 1, 2010

Sliding into Home
By Kendra Wilkinson
Gallery Books, 2010
Kendra Wilkinson’s name will be familiar to the many fans of her two reality-TV shows, The Girls Next Door and Kendra, and the story she tells in Sliding Into …

#7 Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

October 1, 2010

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
By Chelsea Handler
Grand Central Publishing, 2010
It’s hard not to like Chelsea Handler, only you keep wishing she were funny. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang is her third book to reach the bestseller list, …

#10 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

October 1, 2010

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot
Crown Publishing Group, 2010
In American criminal law, there is a doctrine called “the fruit of the poisonous tree.” In the 1950s, it was at the core of Fourth …

#6 Coming Back Stronger

October 1, 2010

Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity
by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers, 2010
Winning a Super Bowl entitles you to a book. I don’t have any problem with that. Win …

#1 Sh*t My Dad Says

October 1, 2010

Sh*t My Dad Says
By Justin Halpern
ItBooks/HarperCollins, 2010
The story behind this New York Times best-selling plotless, formless, uncrafted 90-page pamphlet is the kind of thing that could give hope to an entire San Fernando Valley of …

#8 Empire of the Summer Moon

October 1, 2010

Empire of the Summer Moon
By S.C. Gwynne
Scribner, 2010
I naturally looked at this whole endeavor with trepidation. After all, the latest reading-polls of adult Americans are not promising. Fewer and fewer adults are reading at all, …

#4 Medium Raw

October 1, 2010
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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
By Anthony Bourdain
Ecco/HarperCollins, 2010
There’s a chapter in celebrity chef/food critic Anthony Bourdain’s new book Medium Raw about his life-expanding and heartwarming …

#9 Outliers

October 1, 2010

Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
Little, Brown, 2008
It’s always an awkward thing, when the foremost ideological bullshitter of one generation is still alive when the next generation’s guru comes along. Thus it must be …

September 2010 Issue

September 1, 2010
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“Bowling” by Kirsten Lewis

August 2010 Issue

August 1, 2010
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draft notes from Adam Golaski’s “Green”

July 2010 Issue

July 1, 2010

“Pride” by Randolph Pfaff and Carissa Halston


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June 2010 Issue

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“Garage 1” by Kyle Siddons

May 2010 Issue

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“Owl#1 (from the Dan Series)” by Catherine Bourassa-Hébert

April 2010 Issue

April 1, 2010

from “It Would Look Like…” (Project Row Houses) by Stephanie Diamond

March 2010 Issue

March 1, 2010

“snoverkill” by Jeffrey Eaton

February 2010 issue

February 1, 2010
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“Dominium” by Katie Caron

January 2010 issue

January 1, 2010

Lights by Rachel Burgess

December 2009 Issue

December 1, 2009

“Gates in Winter” by Jeffrey Eaton

November 2009 Issue

November 1, 2009

“Marguerite Duras” by Carl Kohler.

October 2009 Issue

October 1, 2009

“Arkansas Sky” by Farrah Field

September 2009 Issue

September 1, 2009

Photo by Michael George

August 2009 Issue

August 1, 2009

“White Sands” by Mark Contino

July 2009 Issue

July 1, 2009

“Scotland Rearview” by Jeffrey Eaton

June 2009 Issue

June 1, 2009

Photo from Chris Marstall

May 2009 Issue

May 1, 2009

Photo by Joe Sacks

April 2009 Issue

April 1, 2009

“Stephanie” by Jonas Sacks

March 2009 Issue

March 1, 2009

Illustration by Rachel Burgess

February 2009 Issue

February 1, 2009

“West Unity Road” by Jeffrey Eaton

January 2009 Issue

January 1, 2009

Illustration of Jack Spicer by Rachel Burgess

December 2008 Issue

December 1, 2008

Photo by Vladimir Gitin

November 2008 Issue

November 1, 2008

Painting by Michela Emeson

October 2008 Issue

October 1, 2008

“One is the Loneliest Number” by Wes Thomas

September 2008 Issue

September 1, 2008

“A Room with a View” by Judy West.

August 2008 issue

August 1, 2008

Open Letters’ Monthly 2008 cover images

July 2008 Issue

July 1, 2008

“Run Down House, Ooty” by Sriram Ramgopal

June 2008 issue

June 1, 2008

Lori Parkman is an attorney, flâneuses, and photographer who’s work can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/loriellenp/. She lives in Brooklyn.

May 2008 Issue

May 1, 2008

“Bell Atlantic” by Lianne Habinek

April 2008 Issue

April 1, 2008

“A Storm at the Airport” by Trey Ratcliff

March 2008 Issue

March 1, 2008

Photo by Kirsten Lewis

February 2008 Issue

February 1, 2008

“Hey… are you going to eat that?” by Rik Stavale

January 2008 Issue

January 1, 2008

“Leap of Faith” by Justin Lowery

December 2007 Issue

December 1, 2007

“Northern Lights” by Christer Mattson

November 2007 Issue

November 1, 2007

“New York Night” by Jeffrey Eaton

October 2007 Issue

October 1, 2007

Photo by Axel Lauerer

September 2007 Issue

September 1, 2007

“Sandcastle” by James A. Crossman

August 2007 Issue

August 1, 2007

“Let’s Swing” by Ugur Can

July 2007 Issue

July 1, 2007

Photo by Kristen Lewis

June 2007 Issue

June 1, 2007

The Cover Photo for June, “Tree,” was taken by Liam Frankland. Much more of Liam’s work can be seen at www.liamfrankland.com and www.flickr.com/photos/lyrical.

May 2007 Issue

May 1, 2007

“Melbourne Skyline from Brighton” by Ranjit Doroszkiewicz

April 2007 Issue

April 1, 2007

“Fort Tabor, 2006″ by Jeffrey Eaton

March 2007 Issue

March 1, 2007

Photo by Kirsten Lewis