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Reviews |

A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler

Ellen Prentiss Campbell on Anne Tyler’s newest novel: “Some fault her for sentiment or repetition, some find her characters too similarly marked by eccentricities of behavior and occupation. But others, like myself, believe authentic sentiment gets a bad rap, and recognize her people. Behind the public curtains, whose family, what profession, isn’t a little odd?”


Essays |

How Big the Bigness Is: Part I

In Part I, Scott F. Parker meditates on Kesey’s influence in and around Eugene. “Everything I knew about Kesey at the time of his death I’d absorbed from the ether of Eugene,” Parker writes. “Being in Kesey’s general proximity was one of my first moments of thinking The World of Events connected at some points with the world outside my window.”


Reviews |

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson

In her review of Marilynne Robinson’s newest novel, Lila, Ellen Prentiss Campbell writes of the author’s work, “all four of Robinson’s novels—Housekeeping as well as the Gilead trilogy—are united by her compassionate attention to the possibility for amazing, transcendent grace breaking through and illuminating flawed human existence and our daily experience.”


Interviews |

Pursuit, Not Discovery: An Interview with John Dermot Woods

John Dermot Woods talks with Kristen Iskandrian about his new book, The Baltimore Atrocities, and the way in which text and image intersects in his work, saying, “I wanted to draw pictures that would extend the stories, further complicate them, contribute an essential narrative element that the stories could not exist without.” They also discuss the pleasure of writing on trains, balancing disciplines, exploring issues of place, and more.




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