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Electric Literature Review

August 26, 2016

Happy to see Luke Geddes’s perceptive review of my novel in Electric Literature.

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The Underground Railroad

August 3, 2016

My short review of Colson Whitehead’s excellent new novel.

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Latest Puzzle

July 27, 2016

This month’s puzzle plays with phrasal surnames.

And the answers.


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Ben Ratliff Piece

July 14, 2016

Here’s something I wrote for Rain Taxi on Ben Ratliff’s Every Song Ever.

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Heavy Feather Review

July 14, 2016

Nice to see this smart review by Zachary Kokanda in Heavy Feather Review.

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Brooklyn Rail Interview

July 12, 2016

Thanks to Evan Lavender-Smith, a friend of mine and one of my favorite writers, for conducting a long (but not too long!) interview with me for the Brooklyn Rail.

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New Critics at Large Piece

July 1, 2016

I wrote about Jim Downs’s “Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation” for Critics at Large.

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This month’s Puzzle

June 28, 2016

A return to hink pinks.

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A Few Items

June 18, 2016

Here’s a well-turned and approving article in the Guardian about the new novel. I sighed over the Millennial-baiting headline, which is in quotation marks but, I’m quite sure, isn’t a direct quote. (Almost always editors rather than reporters write headlines and treatments.) During the phone interview and to my instant regret, I did say some incoherent things about generations and changing ideas about “selling out,” but I wasn’t trying to do so in a hand-wringing or superior way, and in any case the headline’s question isn’t one I had in mind while writing the book. (The book’s major characters are introduced at different stages of their lives, but, by most definitions, all of them would be part of Generation X.) As soon as I spoke the word millennial, I tried to talk about millennial activism and now inspiring it is, but it was too late: the keyword had been unleashed. In short, I am old and sometimes cranky, but not precisely in that way. Still, a nice article, and I really enjoyed talking to the Marc about the book and look forward to getting to know his work better. And here the book is endorsed among other Minnesota summer-reading worthies.

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New York Times Dismissal

May 27, 2016

I first saw this largely negative New York Times review a few nights ago and didn’t lose sleep over it. Granted, I took ten milligrams of Zolpidem. A day later, I found myself cooking dinner, listening to the new Chance the Rapper album, and, to my surprise–dancing. As disappointments go, then, really not so bad.

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