The Generic Spectacular – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 14, 2018 WHEN THE BELIEVER approached Jim Shepard during the early Bush II years, they were hoping he’d agree to write a film column. Shepard gave them a film column: an extended consideration of the peculiarly American movie formulas for...

On the Brink – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 14, 2018 SINCE DONALD TRUMP’S ELECTION, many have become used to the idea that this is an era of existential threats to the United States. While this fear is overblown to some degree, and the hyperventilating is becoming...

Profile: Brussels, E.U. Capital, Gets a Novel, Both Tart and Empathic

Robert Menasse writes a polyphonic novel of satire and sympathy about Brussels, Europe’s symbolic capital — its bureaucrats, nationalisms and police. Source link

The Hasidic Question – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 14, 2018 THE BA’AL SHEM TOV, a charismatic folk healer, exorcist, clairvoyant, teacher, and mystical ecstatic who was said to have spoken to Satan and the Messiah-in-waiting — not to mention having merged directly with God — is...

The Re-Re-Rewriter: Octavia E. Butler and the MAYBE Book

JANUARY 13, 2018 I REMEMBER sitting shell-shocked in front of my computer when I read about Octavia Butler’s sudden death in February 2006 at the young age of 58. I watched emails fly back and forth on a feminist...

“The Question in the Mirror”: A Conversation with David St. John

JANUARY 13, 2018 I INTERVIEWED the poet David St. John, my friend of several years, shortly after the death of writer Sam Shepard. Shepard’s death influenced my reading of St. John’s latest book, The Last Troubadour: New and Selected...

Thinking Weirdly with China Miéville

JANUARY 13, 2018 No matter how commodified and domesticated the fantastic in its various forms might be, we need fantasy to think the world, and to change it. — China Miéville ¤ CHINA MIÉVILLE IS one of the most...

Haiti’s Resilience as Seen Through Literature

Photo Comments by President Trump during a meeting with lawmakers this week have placed Haiti in the spotlight. Here are three books by Haitian writers that provide insight into the country’s history of struggle and resistance. Photo DANCE ON...

All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Joe Henry

JANUARY 12, 2018 SINGER-SONGWRITER, PERFORMER, and producer Joe Henry has been widely respected by his peers for three nearly decades while remaining mostly under the radar of the general public. Over more than a dozen albums, he’s pursued a...

Stephen King to Receive PEN Literary Service Award

Photo Credit Kenzo Tribouillard/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award has been awarded to Stephen King, author of horror and suspense classics such as “It” and “The Shining.” The award is meant for a...