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).

Ha, Ha

Last week I bought a book because of its epigraph. The book is Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour; the epigraph is “‘Ha, ha’ – Job 39:25.” What a perfect collision: three words—boom! I was jealous of Ferris…

The Future, The Present, The Past

So, 2150 looks to be a terrible year. We’ll still be ordering plastic junk and inadvertently killing one another. But at least irony will survive! As will a trace of sweetness. Both qualities may be found in this South Korean short…

Russell Edson: A Farewell

As many of us are just learning, Russell Edson died a little over a week ago. His influence was enormous: he taught several generations of aspiring writers that poetry could be something other than what they had imagined it to…

Sports Report

I used to want Calvin Trillin’s job at The Nation—and I still do, I guess—but the job I really want belongs to Beau Estes at NBA.com. Estes provides the commentary (most nights, anyway) for the league’s Top Ten plays of…

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…

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