On the passing of E. Lynn Harris

I am so saddened by the horrible, horrible news that E. Lynn Harris has passed on.  I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Harris, but I would like to send my condolences to all those who knew and loved him.  Beyond that I am stunned–literally speechless. Band of Thebes covers this story better than I ever […]

Michael Cunningham’s new fiction is great.

The current issue of Electric Literature magazine has a new fiction excerpt from Michael Cunningham.  As soon as I received my copy, I read this excerpt quickly, throughly enjoying it, but also expecting to be unsatisfied at the end.  The piece is labelled “an excerpt from a novel in progress.”  But to my surprise it read […]

Happy Birthday Henry David Thoreau!

Today is the birthday of Henry David Thoreau.  So let us take a few moments to celebrate this great American.  He was, of course the author of the classic:  Walden; or Life in the Woods.  What makes Walden a masterpiece is its combination of a transcendental appreciation of nature and a surprisingly humorous flinty-dry wit.  Many of these […]