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).

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,…

Among Forty-Two Ferns

More than 54,000 people went to HealthCare.gov after watching President Obama spar with Zach Galifianakis last week; I went to the Between Two Ferns homepage and binge-watched the series’ other twenty episodes. I also read as many reviews of Obama’s…

Birds and Brush Strokes

As readers, we have certain lines (or stanzas, or paragraphs) that we can’t get out of our heads. Maybe it’s just a phrase: Dickinson’s “Buccaneers of Buzz,” Larkin’s “not untrue and not unkind.” In Nicholson Baker’s The Anthologist, the narrator…

Making Your Own Days, So to Speak

Another storm system is hurtling toward Michigan this evening. A half-foot of snow is expected, along with more gum-eraser skies. Haven’t we had enough of this already? Would somebody please have a word with the sun? Until last night, the…

Hop To It

In Edgar Allan Poe’s glorious short story “Hop-Frog,” the title character, a court jester, plays a practical joke on the king he serves—a king who “seemed to live only for joking”—and on the king’s seven joke-loving ministers. What’s the joke,…

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