Set in Cuba during the Special Period, Ruins tells of a middle aged man’s attempts to earn a living, deal with his rebellious daughter, and accept what has happened to his country.
David Varno reflects on the Charles Olsen documentary Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place.
David Varno on Frederick Seidel’s poetry.
“Many of the stories repeat a narrative, looping moments of loneliness filled by a stranger’s fingers. The endings are often gloomy and ruinous, and so are the beginnings. As one of Lutz’s narrators says, ‘a ruin shouldn’t usually start out as one.’” David Varno reviews Gary Lutz’s I Looked Alive.
What, at this point in time, can we make of a man,” the narrator of Jacques Jouet’s most recent novella, Savage, asks himself.
About a week after Valentine’s Day, I found myself on a barge under the Brooklyn Bridge where a pair of early music revivalists were set up in a perfectly amorous display.
John Wray’s novel Lowboy has been out for a few weeks now, and the media attention has been universally enthusiastic.
In C, his newest novel, Tom McCarthy proposes a state of being that revolves many parts around an unusual temporal whole and, once again, circumvents the conventions of 19th-century realism. Writer David Varno delves in.
NYU’s English department holds a panel that begs the question, “Is There A Future For the Literary Novel?” Host and BOMB contributing editor reports on the conversation.
David Varno reports from the launch party for Washington Square’s Winter/Spring ’09 edition.