Sarah Nicole Prickett: A Woman Under the Influence

Prickett considers the genius of B.A.D. women  @ The New Inquiry. There comes a time when the way you are is not just the way you are, but also the way you might die.  There arrives at that time a word for what you said or hoped was indescribable, a diagnosis for your lure. Always… Read more »

When Failure Succeeds

Marion Wrenn considers  Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, and Controversies by Anis Shivani (Texas Review Press), and wonders what happens when online writing turns to the page. “Criticism excites me, and prompts me to be a better writer—it is an addiction of sorts, perhaps the most positive one a writer can have, rewardingly self-serving in how… Read more »

Hearing Voices

Doug Paulson goes looking in the spaces between our voices and our identities in his review of Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello (Sarabande Books). I take my work as a voice teacher for acting students ridiculously seriously.  I consider it my inestimable responsibility to instill a foundation of solid technique from which to develop… Read more »

Thinking Like Harpo

Matt Longabucco discovers the pleasures and theories of useless actions in The Anatomy of Harpo Marx by Wayne Koestenbaum. (University of California Press) Too bad about humiliation. Otherwise I’d have the guts to buck convention and call the author “Wayne” throughout this review, the better to emphasize the way he’s no less singular than his subject,… Read more »

When Does the Personal Essay Become More Than Memoir?

In reviewing two new collections,  If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter and Small Fires by Julie Marie Wade (Sarabande Books), James Polchin asks how the memoir differs from the personal essay in capturing the essence of a life. In the introduction to his anthology, The Art of the Personal… Read more »