Post Road Magazine #13

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Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples - Lowry Pei

What comes to mind when you hear the name Eudora Welty? I worry that if anything does, it’s probably the image of her that has come to exist in the past twenty-five years, a vague blur of niceness —“America’s most beloved author,” as an ill-conceived book jacket called her.....

Reading the Future: Twelve Writers From Ireland in Conversation with Mike Murphy edited by Cliodhna Ni Anluain - Suzanne Strempek Shea

I don’t know about your computer, but mine has a nifty little icon on which you can click to access radio stations across the globe. On a dozen Saturday afternoons five years ago, I moved my cursor over that icon and sat back for the latest installment of “Reading the Future,” a series of interviews on Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 spotlighting a dozen of that country’s writers, playwrights and poets selected as those who will be read in a hundred years...

The Long March - Xu Xi

Sothere I was, circa late ‘70’s Hong Kong, writing a novel. It was lonely. Was there another Asian out there mad enough to write fiction of Asia in English? When Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior appeared, the book was nowhere to be found in my city...

Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems and Translations by Sam Hamill - Fred Marchant

Here is a poet’s credo, worth tacking up over the desk: ....

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor - Alyson Hagy

Flannery O’Connor creeps me out. Those malign and watchful children. Those smooth-talking itinerants bent on revenge. Those skittering peafowl. Those claustrophobic and sullen skies....more

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy - Alan Davis

What was New Orleans like BK—before Katrina, when it was the Crescent City, so named because in 1837 a hot-air balloonist described the beautiful crescent that he could see in the river from the air? ...

Sex and [Auto] Genocide: The Sluts by Dennis Cooper & Swimming to Cambodia by Spalding Gray - T Cooper

Sex

When I was watching Oprahthe other day—I mean, by accident,the other day, I tripped and fell on the remote control and the TV came on, and I caught a short segment of Oprah Winfrey’s show. The guest was this very pretty, very sweet kid, about 19 years old, who was coming clean to America about his very profitable former business in which he sold him- self on the web to men who paid to see pictures of him taking off his clothes, masturbating, and having sex with other people....

“Are we not of interest to each other?”: the Sublime in Elizabeth Alexander’s American Sublime - Shara McCallum

InElizabeth Alexander’s poem, “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe,” the closing lines offer a statement and a question for readers to ponder: ...

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark - Brock Clarke

What is itabout the books you love that make you hate the people who don’t? I was in a used bookstore the other day, buying A Muriel Spark Trio (which includes her three late 1950s novels The Comforters,The Ballad of Peckham Rye, and Memento Mori), and was told by the owner (a gentle, bearded, cardiganed man in the fashion of nearly all used bookstore owners) that he didn’t remember the last time someone had bought a Muriel Spark book...more

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and George Eliot’s Later Novels - Monica Wood

I recommend We Need to Talk About Kevin with some hesitation, because frail-hearted readers will find it too devastating, but it's so full of human frailty and insight that it’s well worth the pain. ...

Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping - A. Manette Ansay

The novel that I have found myself recommending—and returning to— over the years is Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, which was published in 1981. ...

Richard Yates’s The Easter Parade - Jessica Treadway

Despite its festive title, anyone looking for a light read will know right off the bat to put Richard Yates’s The Easter Paradeback on the shelf. “Neither of the Grimes sisters would have a happy life,” the novel begins, and it goes downhill from there...

Kill Fee Lit—After Reading George Gissing’s New Grub Street - Mike Albo

New Grub Street, George Gissing’s stinging novel about desperate writers of Late-Victorian London is probably not the healthiest recommendation if you want to hold onto your deep-seated conviction that hard work pays off...more

On Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase, or How I Got "Sheeped" - Peter Rock

The first time I encountered Haruki Murakami I was working on a ranch outside of Livingston, Montana, where I lived in a small house I’d rented with my girlfriend. This was 1991; we were just out of college, both writers (though I worked with cattle and sheep and she served as the “Spuds Mackenzie Party Girl” at the local bowling alley). On the days I didn’t go to the ranch, I stayed home and wrote....

 

 

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