Paradise for Our Neighbors
Realism vs. Moralism in Middlemarch
By Emily Burns Morgan
In George Eliot's Middlemarch, traumatic events don't occur because women are making decisions about their lives, but neither does their relative autonomy result in paradise on earth. Women and men are equally fallible. Very fallible.
Late Night Library
Late Night Interview: Laura Moulton
Laura Moulton is the founder of Street Books, a nonprofit mobile library that serves people who live outside in Portland, Oregon. Corinne Gould talks with Moulton about the origin of Street Books and the spaces where activism and art interact.
Mary Ruefle and Acts of Love
By Wendy Bourgeois
My body is a sealed jar of three generations worth of undigested, burbling discord and apparently I'd rather have an aneurysm than take the lid off.
Friends With Benefits
Rebecca Kelley Talks About Her Novel of Modern Relationships
By Christi R. Suzanne
"In classic love stories, love and marriage were often a matter of survival for women. We don't need to find love to be fulfilled these days, but that doesn't mean we have relationships all figured out." Rebecca Kelley chats about her new novel, Broken Homes and Gardens.
Earnest and Dumb is a Good Look
Watching (and Surviving) Roar!
By Benjamin Craig
Noel Marshall is riding a motorcycle. He is weaving through a small pride of adult lions on uneven ground, not wearing a helmet, while they playfully bat at and chase him. I am working at tempering my anxiety. I know this is going to get much, much worse.
Uncle Film Nut
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide Bids Adieu
By Alan Limnis
Maltin's movie guides are (were?) not serious books, and for this we owe him a debt of gratitude—there is much to be said for not being serious.
Players the Portland Trail Blazers Do Lose To
By Pete Tothero
Left-handed players, right-handed players, many kinds of players. A list.
"My father had been just eight years old when the Giants came to San Francisco. The team had brought with them Willie Mays and my father's early favorite, Hank Sauer. My father had his own disappointing father, and a brother who had already left home, and now—just when he needed it—a thing for a boy to care about with other boys: baseball."
Overly Experimental 2015 Music Tourney Names 2014 Champion
Dubious Distinction At Best
By Matthew Kauffman Smith
After employing the nonsense descriptor "overly experimental," the 2014 album bracketology tournament names a champion and comes to a merciful end. (The editors suggest it's possible the author doesn't actually like rock music.)
Album Bracketology Seeks the Best Album of 2014
Contradictions Abound, Editorial Staff Gives Up
By Matthew Kauffman Smith
The complete, unabridged installments of the popular music album tournament so sprawling and convoluted that readers are speechless and editors disgusted. This year's tourney features additional commentary by Heather Kropf, one of the competitors.
Part One: The Confusing Tourney Intro
Part Two: The Contradictory Opening Rounds
Part Three: The Double-Negative Middle Rounds
Part Four: The Alarming Tilt Toward Easy Listening
Part Five: "Nice Little Stories" in the Loser's Bracket
Part Six: Overly Experimental 2015 Music Tourney Names 2014 Champion