Category: Writing & Reading

  • Autofiction

    Autofiction

    You’d be forgiven if you thought autofiction was filler for a hot rod mag. The Greek prefix auto- means “self,” think “autobiography”—now, swap in “fiction” and you get the gist.  It’s nothing new, references reach back at least as far as the 70s (according to contemporary criticism) and likely beyond.  This bastard offspring of memoir and […]

  • Shit, I Missed Banned Books Week

    Shit, I Missed Banned Books Week

    Despite all of the press releases, despite all the bookstore banners, and despite the groundswell of media attention, I managed to miss Banned Books Week. Last week! Perhaps I was blinded by its ubiquity — I couldn’t see the forest for the trees (before it was pulped into paperbacks). Or maybe there is something more sinister […]

  • Sterling Lord, Agent Provocateur

    Sterling Lord, Agent Provocateur

    Not only was the recently passed Sterling Lord the literary agent of Jack Kerouac, he had, as New York Times writer David Margolick observed, a “perfect moniker. “What was your name before you changed it?” a friend once asked Sterling Lord. When a book he had handled came out in Portuguese, an unwitting translator rendered […]

  • Poet Michael Giotis Shares New Collection ‘Daybreak’

    Poet Michael Giotis Shares New Collection ‘Daybreak’

    Petaluma, CA-based poet Michael Giotis will read selections of his upcoming poetry collection, Daybreak, a collection of 40 poems that represent a snapshot of the author wrestling with existential quandaries and the vagaries of love in the postmodern era. Daybreak will be released on August 24, 2019, by Petaluma-based FMRL (a sister site of Icarian […]

  • A Lost Interview with the Late Anthony Bourdain

    A Lost Interview with the Late Anthony Bourdain

    A previously unpublished interview with the remarkable Anthony Bourdain, who is probably the only man who ever uttered: “Dishwashing saved my life.” He will be missed.

  • Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures

    Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures

    As far as literary bedfellows are concerned, the Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton make for an odd pair. With a gulf of 72 years separating the former’s death and the latter’s birth, they might’ve twisted a shared tongue with their work — both were French — but there was to be no bed between […]