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A Prison Wherever He Turned (Stoner by John Williams)

The plot of John Williams’ 1965 novel, Stoner (NYRB Classics, 2006): Young man becomes assistant professor at University of Missouri, lives unhappy life, has undistinguished career, dies. You can hardly be blamed if you don’t find this particularly enticing, but make no mistake: Stoner (last name of the protagonist—sorry to disappoint) is a work of almost unbearable beauty. [Read More]

July 22, 2017

The Artists’ Predicament

Americans, in particular, are eager to marry one’s identity with her profession or job, and seem to prefer thinking of any pursuit outside of one’s job as a hobby. The writer dreams that eventually, though it may take years, she will break through and be able to support herself as a writer. But even if this doesn’t happen, she is not less of a writer and would never identify her pursuit as a hobby. Keep in mind: Toni Morrison worked at Howard University and was raising two kids when she wrote The Bluest Eye. [Read More]

September 3, 2015

In The Margins E14: Small, the Next Big

In this episode we speak with Jeffrey Lependorf, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses' Executive Director. A service organization to independent literary publishers of exceptional fiction, poetry and prose, CMLP provides guidance on the backstage work of American literature. Join us as we learn about the organization, trends in the industry, guidance on submitting your writing and more. [Read More]

August 4, 2015