Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Sunday Links, July 28, 2013

The long list for the Man Booker Prize has been announced. I’ve heard of only a few of these books, so this is an especially good reference for me. The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. You’ll find much more to add to your list of books and stories to read here. […]


Open Letters Monthly, July 2013

There’s still almost a week left to July, and another month and change to the summer proper. So if you haven’t checked out Open Letters Monthly’s July issue, this would be a good time. For starters, the OLM cast and crew (myself included) have come up with a great, under-the-radar summer reading list, which should […]


Pocket Review: The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

The Illusion of Separateness Simon Van Booy HarperCollins, 2013 Of all the complex emotions a writer might set out to evoke from a reader over the course of a novel, surely compassion is one of the harder to coax out. People tend to flinch away from it even when an opportunity presents itself in real […]


In Which I Finally Get to Use the Word “Ekphrasis”

You know those words, writers… the ones you hoard until the moment you can use one in all seriousness, without being pretentious or looking like a painful poser. Higher education is good for that kind of thing, and Scrabble, but not much in between. So it is with great joy that I announce my successful, […]


Summer Reading at Open Letters Monthly

All New York Jews have two sets of genealogy. There are the physical roots, even if they’re only vague coordinates of the original shtetl or shop: Russian, Polish, German, Hungarian. And then there is the cultural identity, which, in the right circumstances, can be just as strong an identifier. Is your family Woody Allen Jewish, […]