Reluctant Habits

The Early Fiction of Sarah Hall

Posted by in hall-sarah

On the occasion of Sarah Hall’s The Beautiful Indifference, this essay outlines how Hall’s striking literary voice developed in her first three novels.

Dmitry Samarov’s Hack

Posted by in Foer, Jonathan Safran, samarov-dimitry, Taxis

In which a thoughtful volume on what it is to live as a cab driver (and a human) is compared against the needless privilege promulgated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Ocean Marketing: The Dramatic Reading

Posted by in Dramatic Readings, Ocean Marketing, Video Games

In an effort to provide appropriate journalistic context for the Ocean Marketing debacle, I have performed several dramatic readings. (I have replaced all instances of “LOL” with suitably melodramatic laughter.)

Report from Toronto

Posted by in Toronto, Travel

In this 2,500 word piece, our correspondent spends a few days in Toronto and is charmed by several friendly people, many sociological details, and Honest Ed’s.

2011: The Year in Broken Windows

Posted by in athitakis-mark, Broken Windows, Free Speech, Fry, Stephen, gardner-dj, lennard-natasha, Occupy Wall Street, Police Brutality, von-trier-lars

What do Occupy Wall Street, Kenneth Cole, Stephen Fry, DJ Gardner, a Philadelphia poet, Lars von Trier, and Emma Sullivan have in common? Why is free speech being increasingly punished?

The Bat Segundo Show: William Kennedy

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, kennedy-william, Politics

In this one hour interview, acclaimed writer William Kennedy discusses Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, journalistic squalor, his dealings with Hunter S. Thompson and the Albany political machine, and black power.

The Bat Segundo Show: Joyce Carol Oates

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, Oates, Joyce Carol

In this 40 minute radio interview, Joyce Carol Oates discusses The Corn Maiden, the history of narrative violence, the allure of vacuum cleaning, and what it means to be a woman writer. The conversation also features a Dickensian exchange involving a “heater.”

The Bat Segundo Show: Dennis Cooper

Posted by in Bat Segundo, cooper-dennis, interview

In this 30 minute radio interview, transgressive fiction writer Dennis Cooper discusses The Marbled Swarm, attempts to tame language, being disliked, and the historical fusion of punk and literary.

The Bat Segundo Show: Charles Yu

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, yu-charles

In this 45 minute radio interview, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe author Charles Yu discusses schlubbiness, being inspired by gobbledygook, Richard Feynman, and hypothetical AI.

The Bat Segundo Show: Wayne Koestenbaum

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Humiliation, interview, koestenbaum-wayne

In this one hour interview, poet and social critic Wayne Koestenbaum discusses humiliation in its many forms, the use of triangles to uphold book concepts, Edith Massey, and whether striking out language is a muscular statement.