The Untragic Death of Henry Gladfelter
by Robert Cohen
What makes a good name for a fictional character? An in-depth taxonomy, from Gradgrind to Wunderlick.
The Song of the Bomb in the Heart
by Victor Brand
Boris Vian produced reams of novels, plays, poems, and songs, played dazzling jazz trumpet, and never forgot to muddle his misery with his joy.
The Official Guide to Official Handbooks
by Andy Selsberg
Reinforcing the American way of dealing with class and status: telling it like it is, but with an elbow in the ribs.
Divine Justice of the Weirdo Gods
by Robert Ito
Fletcher Hanks was an alcoholic wife-beater, couldn’t draw proportional bodies, and stands beside Herriman and Segar in the comics pantheon.
Ephron, French, Jong
by Elizabeth Isadora Gold
Can a novelist move past chick lit by returning her attention to the likes of Nora Ephron and Erica Jong? And what about Jane Eyre?
interviewed by Tom Barbash
The poet/novelist discusses a few of his several thousand sources of inspiration, and how he cannot write in front of his friends.
interviewed by Maura Kelly
The lead guitarist of Heart explains the benefits of slouchy body language, wearing your guitar low, and styling your hair with shaving cream.
interviewed by Nick Hornby
The co-creator of the greatest television show since Abigail’s Party describes the pleasures of violating the conventions of episodic television.
by Todd Barry
The Wedding Present
by John Sellers
Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
Dumitru Tsepeneag’s Vain Art of the Fugue
reviewed by Adam Novy
Nicole Brossard’s Notebook of Roses and Civilization
reviewed by Kate Zambreno
Joshua Cohen’s Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto
reviewed by Kevin Dole 2
Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s Green and Gray
reviewed by Samuel Amadon
Matthew Sharpe’s Jamestown
reviewed by Alec Michod
The War Next Door: a new poem
by James Tate
Schema: Hit Parade
by Ben Greenman