Tom Bissell is the author of Chasing the Sea; Speak, Commentary (with Jeff Alexander); God Lives in St. Petersburg; and The Father of All Things. He is working on a long book about the tombs of the Twelve Apostles entitled Bones That Shine Like Fire and a much shorter book about video games entitled Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter—and Why They Don’t Matter More.
- February 2009: Conversation with Heather Chaplin
What are the implications for art, civic engagement, and emotional intelligence in a generation of gamers?
- November 2006: Still Rising: On the Deathless Relevance of Ernest Hemingway
- March 2005: Thriller
Stripping the guilt from the guiltily pleasurable literary thriller.
- April 2004: My Antiwar Problem—and Ours
When it comes to war in Iraq, reading Solzhenitsyn makes ambivalence our only certainty.
- December 2003/January 2004: “Sir, Permission to Go AWOL from the Interesting, Sir!”
If a how-to-write book makes even one competent writer into a good one, it’s worth the paper it’s printed on.
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July 2003: Protesting All Fiction Writers!
The Underground Literary Alliance wants to overthrow an establishment that may have already overthrown itself.
- June 2003: Nazis, Nuremberg, and Gold-Digging Women
An exploration of the deadening effects of documentary representation, struggling towards the ultimate question: Are You Hot?