About Cody Walker

Cody Walker's most recent book is The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016).

Land of Nod

In the past week I’ve read three books, each of which focuses on a different problem. In Laura van den Berg’s Find Me, the problem is memory. In Chester Brown’s Ed the Happy Clown, the problem is Ronald Reagan’s head…

Trump, Saunders

Throughout the summer and into the fall, I felt that Donald Trump’s hijacking of the Republican storyline was pretty funny. Recently, it’s become less funny; and yesterday it stopped being funny at all. Trump’s call to stigmatize an entire group…

Looking. Looking Again (Part Two)

If it’s good to look, might it be better still to look again? That’s my hope—and I’ve been betting my writing life on that hope all year. I wrote about Lewis Carroll’s “Mad Gardener’s Song” form, and my obsession with…

Looking. Looking Again (Part One)

Earlier this month I spent some time at the University of Washington’s Marine Station in Friday Harbor. The occasion was the UW’s fourth annual Poetry and Science Symposium; a terrific account of the weekend’s activities can be found here. The…

Twelve Things

What follows are twelve things I’ve read or reread lately (and which may, on some level, speak to one another), and for which I’m grateful: Dean Young: Some things, like sewer pipes, we want to go only in one direction.…

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