In the Land of Difficult History
Elizabeth Lopeman on Trans Europe Express and Living (and Writing) Abroad
"As soon as I started writing fiction with focus and intention it took place in Europe."
Steven Church on Ultrasonic and the
"State of Not-Knowing"
"They regularly resisted the narrative push toward arc or crisis...instead operating much more associatively, where a dramatic event becomes yet another stop in an echolocation through the dark, only briefly illuminated and somewhat illusory in its meaning."
Destruction Under Construction
Pittsburgh's Past May be Portland's Future. But Does Criticizing a city reveal more about the City or the Critic?
By Patrick McGinty
Stefan Lorant escaped Hitler, was hired to play violin by Kafka, and then wrote the history of the city of Pittsburgh. Examining the weaknesses and biases of Lorant's prose, however, leads to a consideration of the weaknesses and biases of cities themselves—and of anyone who hopes to explain them.