National Book Critics Circle: The Craft of Criticism

Over the last few months I’ve been working on a series of Q&A’s for The National Book Critics Circle website called The Craft of Criticism. Fran Bigman and I ask book critics and review editors for their thoughts on contemporary criticism. What I really enjoyed about these interviews was that – despite being limited to NBCC members – we were able to choose subjects who … Continue reading National Book Critics Circle: The Craft of Criticism

The Reader’s Toolbox

  When I was in art school I discovered a deep love for the materials out of which art is made: the brushes, the differences in brands of paint pigments, pens and pencils and the cases made to store them.  Hours would go by at Pearl Paint on Canal Street spent looking at different types of paper. This passion for tools has crossed over into my reading … Continue reading The Reader’s Toolbox

Starting 2016 A Little Late This Year

Happy 2016!  I’ve never been a consistent reviewer and, true to form, it’s been some time since I last posted. But while I’ve been taking the last couple months off I haven’t been entirely relaxing. Completely the opposite, in fact.  I’ve been working on submissions outside of this blog – something I want to do more of in the future and which will (by necessity) change the … Continue reading Starting 2016 A Little Late This Year

How to Write a Sentence (And How to Read One) by Stanley Fish

THE SENTENCE FORM IS KING, according to Stanley Fish.   He believes that once we grasp what the different forms are, how they work and what they do, – then the rest (“the rest” being the ideas we wish to communicate) falls into place.  It is a convincing argument he makes in the new book How to Write a Sentence (& How To Read One). … Continue reading How to Write a Sentence (And How to Read One) by Stanley Fish