“True Bones” at The Poetry Foundation, on Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison died in March. I’ve written an essay called “True Bones: The Many Appetites of Jim Harrison,” about his work as a poet for The Poetry Foundation. It contains a chunk of the poem “Counting Birds,” which is a poem I particularly love. There are also ten of Harrison’s poems on the Poetry Foundation… More “True Bones” at The Poetry Foundation, on Jim Harrison

Impact has fused us, made us mutual: On The Iceberg by Marion Coutts

The fortunate among us are friends with at least one couple who are wonderful to talk with individually and even better as a pair. Those of us more fortunate still are part of such a couple. All indications suggest Tom Lubbock and Marion Coutts were in the more fortunate camp. Lubbock was the art critic… More Impact has fused us, made us mutual: On The Iceberg by Marion Coutts

My interview with John Andrew Fredrick at LA Review of Books

John Andrew Fredrick is a novelist and musician, and I dare say grossly underappreciated on both counts. Consider “Meg” as exhibit A, and there’s plenty more where that came from: On the occasion of his new novel, The King of Good Intentions II, I interviewed him for the LA Review of Books. He shares thoughts on everything from… More My interview with John Andrew Fredrick at LA Review of Books

The Coolest Way to Paint Your Tiny Kitchen on a Budget

My friend and former student Christy Williams painted her kitchen. You can read about it and look at some great photos of the end product at The Kitchn. I realize this isn’t the usual thing I’d post here, but 1) she did a great job (it’s funny and honest and informative), and 2) it’s her… More The Coolest Way to Paint Your Tiny Kitchen on a Budget

The Young Desire It

Kenneth “Seaforth” Mackenzie’s novel The Young Desire It was first published in 1937 by Jonathan Cape. The book was awarded the Australian Literature Society’s gold medal, but three decades later, he’d slipped into obscurity. A special 1966 issue of Westerly notes “how difficult it is to procure his work at all.” The Young Desire It,… More The Young Desire It

Perhat Tursun and Raif Badawi in Foreign Policy

I don’t usually get much literary news from Foreign Policy, but this week has provided a couple of welcome exceptions to that rule. The first is Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian’s excellent piece on “China’s Salman Rushdie,” the Uighur writer Perhat Tursun. It’s been more than 15 years since Perhat wrote a novel called The Art of Suicide.… More Perhat Tursun and Raif Badawi in Foreign Policy