Reluctant Habits

Ragtime (Modern Library #86)

Posted by in E.L. Doctorow, Modern Library

In our latest Modern Library Reading Challenge essay, we ask why EL Doctorow’s novel has relied so heavily on Kleist and whether Ragtime truly respects its readership.

The Bat Segundo Show: Anne Enright

Posted by in Bat Segundo, enright-anne

In this 30 minute radio interview, Booker Prize winner Anne Enright discusses The Forgotten Waltz, bawdy anatomical description, faux partitive noun phrases, and whether the world might be better off if it were run by 12-year-old girls.

The Bat Segundo Show: Roger Corman

Posted by in Bat Segundo, corman-roger, Film

In this lively 30 minute radio interview, we talk with legendary filmmaker Roger Corman about cost-cutting measures, Occupy Wall Street, whether socially conscious movies can be profitable, and the pros and cons of exploitation filmmaking.

Laura Miller’s Black Helicopters

Posted by in Miller, Laura, National Book Awards

A response to Laura Miller’s black helicopter theory concerning the National Book Awards.

Occupy Wall Street: The Morning They Didn’t Clean the Park

Posted by in Occupy Wall Street

This 3,000 word photoessay on Occupy Wall Street depicts Friday morning’s events at Zuccotti Park, shortly before the threatened cleanup, and the march on Wall Street that followed.

The Bat Segundo Show: Susan Orlean

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Dogs, orlean-susan, Rin Tin Tin

In this 40 minute radio interview, Susan Orlean discusses Rin Tin Tin’s unexpected legacy, the history of dogs, and obsessive defenders who sink their savings into battling intellectual property lawyers.

The Bat Segundo Show: Yannick Murphy III

Posted by in Bat Segundo, murphy-yannick

In this 30 minute radio interview, novelist Yannick Murphy discusses The Call, veterinarian call logs, the purported memories of husbands, and how fiction can be inspired by thinking in a car.

Dwight Macdonald: A Case Study for Great Responsibility

Posted by in Bellow, Saul, cozzens-james-gould, grossman-lev, macdonald-dwight, Mailer, Norman, Miller, Laura

This lengthy essay examines Dwight Macdonald, one of the most contentious critics of the 20th century. What can his style of attack and his viewpoints offer in the 21st century? Is his fall from grace a parable?

The Old Wives’ Tale (Modern Library #87)

Posted by in bennett-arnold, Modern Library

In this latest installment of the Modern Library Reading Challenge, our fearless reader contends with Arnold Bennett’s Asperger’s-like kitsch.

Occupy Wall Street: After the Brooklyn Bridge

Posted by in Brooklyn Bridge, Occupy Wall Street

I spoke with several protesters at Zuccotti Park on Saturday night. Here’s my overview of the atmosphere that evening, as well as an eyewitness account (with audio) of what happened on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Occupy Wall Street: SlutWalk NYC

Posted by in Occupy Wall Street, SlutWalk, SlutWalk NYC

This lengthy report on Saturday’s SlutWalk in Union Square investigates the march’s philosophical underpinnings, comparisons with Occupy Wall Street, and contains photos and audio interviews with the participants.

Occupy Wall Street: Friday Afternoon

Posted by in Occupy Wall Street

The crowd density at Occupy Wall Street had thickened quite a bit from earlier in the week. Here’s a photoessay from Friday afternoon.