A Novel of One and Many

The Self and Community Consciousness in Edouard Louis’ End of Eddy by Walker Minot The title character of The End of Eddy is Eddy Bellegueule, or Eddy “beautiful face,” born in a provincial working-class town near Amiens, in the north of France. He is an effeminate, gay child with a strange voice and interests in dance andContinue reading “A Novel of One and Many”

Writer-to-Writer

Advice That Never Grows Old, A Review of 1949’s The Human Nature of Playwriting by Samson Raphaelson by Nina Semczuk The best books about writing combine craft practicalities—such as the necessity of rewrites—with a down-to-earth, encouraging spirit, and my favorites include a dash of memoir. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing come to mind as exemplars ofContinue reading “Writer-to-Writer”

Waking Up

Revisiting My Year of Rest and Relaxation in a Post Quarantine World by Walker Minot “’Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” -Ephesians 5:14 My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) is the second-most recent novel by the Jewish-Iranian-American writer Ottessa Moshfegh. It became her breakout book, following the modest commercial and impressiveContinue reading “Waking Up”

In Conversation: Andrew Martin

An interview by Tom Storch In his 2018 debut novel, Early Work, and in the stories from his collection, Cool for America, which was released last summer, Andrew Martin nails a certain type of character. They are self-styled intellectuals and artists. They define their identities in large part through cultural touchstones and aesthetic tastes. Characters in Cool for America goContinue reading “In Conversation: Andrew Martin”