NFL Week 15
Washington Achieves "Raiders East" Status
Has Washington stolen Oakland's brand? Is it irresponsible of the Buffalo Bills to send their reduced traveling squad (pictured) to their game against Jacksonville, and to request they play in Havana? Tothero explores these, and other, pressing NFL issues in his Week 15 picks.
McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
"Perhaps McCullers is trying to say that this is a failure, that they must reach out to one another to achieve some change to the status quo. Or maybe she's illustrating the impossibility of connection. Either way, what we are left with in the end is neither political action nor inaction, but rather facilitation." Emily Burns Morgan reads The Heart is Lonely Hunter.
Late Night Library
A Conversation with Dan Beachy-Quick
Late Night Library's latest Late Night Conversation is with Dan Beachy-Quick, author of the debut novel An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky (Coffee House Press).
"Do You Understand Life? Do You?"
Asking What Happened in The Room
"The authors' tone exudes a curious combination of innocent wonder, wink-wink collusion, and shoulder-shrugging guilt. Sestero is our fly on the wall, faithfully recording the hypnotically inept strivings of Wiseau. This particular fly also co-starred in the film, though, and his own culpability acts as a driving subtext of the memoir." The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Review by Doug Cornett.
Five Poems by Frank Kuenstler
Poet and filmmaker Frank Kuenstler (1928-1996) was the author of nine books of poetry. Today, the only volume of Kuenstler's work in print is The Enormous Chorus (Pressed Wafer, 2011), from which these poems were drawn.
"She switches on the computer and signs on to Instant Messenger. Which of her ex-boyfriends will she chat with today? She doesn't consider them exes, per se. Old boyfriends, one of them offered, charitably. She chats with them simultaneously—two or three at a time." New fiction from Anca Szilágyi.
The Importance of Being LUcian
"Freud remains perhaps the most supremely tactile portraitist of the last 100 years. This distinction inevitably leads the observer of his paintings to wonder about the life of an artist who spent seven decades immersing his gaze in our fleshy envelopes." Sean Warren on Breakfast with Lucian, Georgie Greig's biography of Lucian Freud.
As the (Fiscal) world Turns: Money and the House of Mirth
"In so many ways, her writing is like a soap opera: the characters are rich and beautiful and have nothing to do but scheme against each other. Every scene is suffused with an underlying tension such that even the most banal conversations become high stakes encounters." Emily Burns Morgan on Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth
Prose Style For Unleashing a Howl: Australia's Tim Winton
"Winton has clearly felt the need to elevate his own volume and pace amidst the radical changes wrought on Australia by the coal industry. Eyrie is a chance to write as though both his country and his name are at stake." Patrick McGinty on the evolving prose style of Tim Winton.
Painter of Ice
"My paintings are like theater props without a story, and people can wonder about what that story can be." Elizabeth Lopeman chats with Gerhard Riessbeck about his paintings of icebergs, what it means to be a ship's 'expedition painter,' and his thoughts on climate change.
Will Oldham and the Challenge of Keeping It Hyperreal
"It is the theater of his songwriting that is the most striking element—his ability to be himself and someone else simultaneously, or to displace or project himself just enough so that we feel that we are at once being sung to and overhearing him sing to someone else." By Jonathan Cushing
Propeller Books Launch Party: The Parable of You by Tony Wolk
An invitation to our launch party for The Parable of You on Tuesday, November 12. Also: "Two Black Swans," one of the stories from the collection.
True Confessions: Beth Lisick on Storytelling And Yokohama Threeway And Other SMall Shames
"I didn't get really weird until after I started writing. I think that's only because I had a stable upbringing and was pretty confident, so it took me longer to figure out who I really was. I could do the normal things and it wasn't hard for me to be that way. When I think about it now, I laugh." Alex Behr chats with author Beth Lisick about writing and storytelling.
A Personal Matter:
Robert Redford in All is Lost
"Unlike Gravity, All is Lost provides us with no backstory. Anything a viewer is to know about Our Man must be gleaned from environmental details. The ambiguity is purposeful and important." By Nicholas Pierce
Startling us in a Way the News Cannot: Bulawayo'S We Need New Names
"Sometimes as I read We Need New Names my reaction was similar to what I often feel when watching the news: What am I supposed to do with this? But in unexpected lines, Bulawayo manages to startle us out of our established notions in a way the news cannot." By Emily Burns Morgan
"When I Had No Mother, I Embraced Order"
"I still believe, against all evidence to the contrary, that if Social Services or cancer were to stop by unannounced, they would take one look at the perfect fan of Tin House magazines on my coffee table and know that I was an excellent human being and that no further investigation or karma would be necessary. Pinsky's line makes me feel a little chastised, and maybe that's why I like it so much. It makes me feel mothered." By Wendy Bourgeois
Paul Collins on Hamilton, Burr, and Duel With The Devil
"I basically read every surviving NYC newspaper from July 1799—May 1800. Having those thousands of pages of competing journals, with everything from the political debates of the day to who lost their wallet on Pearl Street yesterday—those really helped give me a more fine-grained sense of the setting and day to day life." Propeller's Sean Warren talks with Paul Collins about research, work, and Collins' new book, Duel with the Devil.
Reconsidering the Tracks of "Reality Bites"
"If you were a young person in the 90s, you probably consider Reality Bites the epitome of nostalgia disappointment, the piece of cinema that's most painful to watch as an adult because you loved it as a teen and now it comes across as an unintentional parody of Gen X and what you thought your early twenties would be like. But what about the movie's soundtrack? Is that just as painful?" By Jessica Machado
You are Writing What You Are, All the Time: A Conversation with James Salter
"But that's what I think the book is. What the reader thinks the book is may be not exactly that. That's always the case—you don't know what you've written until people start telling you what you've written." James Salter talks with Propeller's Dan DeWeese about moral concerns in Salter's work, his career in the literary and film worlds, and his new novel, All That Is.
Calling a Path into Existence:
Aaron Becker's Journey
"Journey is a book that paints the act of creation as a means to access imaginative possibilities—to gain agency and to not only choose a path, but to call that path into existence. That my son and his cousin modeled this by naming the familiar and inventing a story out of the unfamiliar details of the book felt remarkable." Review by Benjamin Craig