Why We Chose It

Listen to Jaquira Díaz read “Ghosts”. On “Ghosts” by Jaquira Díaz Love in a time of war—one of literature’s most ancient, most lasting, themes. And “Ghosts” thrusts its dramatic tensions upon us right from the start: “Three weeks before we…

Let Me Persuade You . . . .

Credo.  A word rarely bandied these days, save perhaps in a strictly religious context.  Credo.  A statement of personal faith.  Isn’t that it?  Well, yes, taken literally.  And I suppose if the purpose is merely part of a regular process…

Nobel Gets It Right

What stunningly good news this morning–that Alice Munro will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.  And right in so many ways: based on unarguable merit, no political gesturing, no righting of perceived wrongs.  And for a master of the short…

The Passing of Giants

It’s an old saw that friends and family tend to pass in clusters.  But recent days have seen the loss of two dear friends of The Kenyon Review and poets of international stature, John Hollander and Seamus Heaney.  Musing on the…

Getting ready for classes

Hard to believe, but summer is drawing toward an end and we are edging closer to a new academic year. As usual in the fall, I’ll be teaching an Advanced Workshop in Fiction Writing. But I also visit many other…

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