Bad (Huey Lewis and the) News

Pablo Tanguay
March 26, 2014
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The end of the 1980s seems like an incongruous time to have been dropping so much acid, even in San Francisco, even in the Haight, even for the crooner of an otherwise talented and earnest little combo that would go…

Not-So-Deep Thoughts

Cody Walker
March 26, 2014
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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.)…

The Project of Response

Zach Savich
March 25, 2014
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Last April, I wrote a series of poetry reviews for KR’s blog. The first focused on Jena Osman’s Public Figures (Wesleyan, 2012), an exploration of citizenship, surveillance, and “public invisibility” in the age of drones. Osman’s book extends from a novel…

Chekhov. Carver.

Cody Walker
March 22, 2014
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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

Cody Walker
March 16, 2014
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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…

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