About Cody Walker

Cody Walker is the author of Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser, 2008) and the coeditor of Alive at the Center: An Anthology of Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan, 2013).

Second Sleep

So, like I said (or like Chekhov said), We shall rest. But that rest may still be a long way off. In the meantime (ominous word, meantime), we have Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation to keep us awake. Russell imagines an…

Art Spiegelman, Through the Looking-Glass

Tonight in Ypsilanti, Art Spiegelman gave a talk titled “What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?” The crowd was a mix of EMU students and fiftysomethings in nylon windbreakers; Spiegelman took the stage dressed in a Lynd Ward t-shirt and holding…

First Sleep

I downloaded Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation last week on the same evening my partner and I were sleep-training (or trying to sleep-train) our four-month-old daughter. Why read about sleeplessness, when a harrowing form of sleeplessness (brought on by a trio…

Not-So-Deep Thoughts

Slate is running a series of articles this week adapted from Peter McGraw and Joel Warner’s forthcoming study The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. (The book is scheduled for release on April 1, of course.)…

Chekhov. Carver.

Paging through Tom Nissley’s recent (and wonderful) A Reader’s Book of Days, I’m reminded that March 22 marks the start of the action in “Errand,” the last story that Raymond Carver published before his untimely death in 1988. The story,…

Sign up for Our Email Newsletter