The March issue of Open Letters Monthly is up. Somehow it feels like only a few weeks since we introduced the February issue… all right, four weeks.
This month leads off with Kathleen Rooney’s look at five poetry collections by women—Matthea Harvey, Katy Lederer, Brenda Shaughnessy, Robyn Schiff, and KarenVolkman—what they offer up and what they withhold.
Ingrid Norton continues her A Year with Short Novels series with Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and sells me right from the start: “Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a peculiar masterpiece. Its chapters and themes interlock with such grace and necessity that the book seems more like a marvelous and free-standing mechanism — a jeweled music box or perfectly sprung wrist-watch — than like a novel.”
Steve Donoghue’s take on Tom DeHaven’s chatty Our Hero: Superman on Earth.
Laura Kolbe on Mikhail Chekhov’s Anton Chekhov: A Brother’s Memoir, originally compiled in 1920.
Irma Heldman on Paul Adam’s Paganini’s Ghost.
John G. Rodwan, Jr. watching the watchers, examining Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and the reviews that have sprung up in its wake.
Finch Bronstein-Rasmussen on Katharine Beutner’s Alcestis.
Laura Tanenbaum on Louis Menand’s The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University.
Philip Gambone’s essay from The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered on Donald Windham’s 1965 novel Two People.
Ascanio Tedeschi on J.G. Nichols’ translation of the 19th-century poet Ugo Foscolo’s Sepulchres.
Tuc MacFarland’s elegiac take on Scott D. Kraus’ The Urban Whale and R.J. Scholes and K.G. Mennell’s Elephant Management: A Scientific Assessment for South Africa.
Kristin Brower Walker on a couple of YA novels, Francisco X. Stork’s The Last Summer of the Death Warriors and Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Last Night I Sang to the Monster.
Janet Potter on Justin Taylor’s short store collection Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever.
Bartolomeo Piccolomini on Alastair McEwen’s translation of Roberto Calasso’s Tiepolo Pink.
And Phillip A. Lobo discusses the ethics of Mass Effect 2.
The photograph that opens the issue and this page is Jeffrey Eaton’s “snoverkill.” We can only hope this is the fine art equivalent of a votive offering to the gods of No More Snow, Please, and that there really is something to this “in like a lion” stuff. In the meantime, enjoy the issue.