John Ashbery's “East February” was first published in the March 24, 2014 issue of The New Yorker and is available here for subscribers. “East February,” by John Ashbery, compelled my interest this dark March morning. After all, when an 87-year-old poet speaks, you want to listen, you want to understand. So here goes. The whole poem feels to me somewhat valedictory: [...]
Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers). Tessa Hadley’s “Under the Sign of the Moon” was originally published in the March 24, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Despite the fact that I love Hadley's work, I usually find [...]
Martha Serpas’s “The Best of Us” was first published in the March 3, 2014 issue of The New Yorker and is available here for subscribers. In the poem, “The Best of Us,” by Martha Serpas, a woman looks back thirty years to a different time -- a time when she was a “speechless” teenager in a bayou town in Louisiana, when [...]
The National Book Critics Circle has named their winners. Fiction: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nonfiction: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sherri Fink Poetry: Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart Autobiography: Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, by Amy Wilentz Biography: Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, by Leo Damrosch Criticism: Distant Reading, [...]
Trevor reviews NYRB Classics' newest collection of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's short stories, Autobiography of a Corpse, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull. Read the full post.