Suspend Your Disbelief

Jonathan Liebson


Jonathan Liebson’s work has most recently appeared in Fifth Wednesday JournalAmerican Book Review, and InterAct Theatre’s Writing Aloud series, in Philadelphia, as well as in the anthologyNaming the World: and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer (Random House). He grew up in suburban Chicago and earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University in French literature and international politics, his M.A. in Modern literature from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK), and his MFA in fiction from NYU. He currently teaches writing and literature at Eugene Lang College of The New School and at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He invites you to visit to see more of his writing and to view his photographs from New York to New Mexico. The three short story collections he cannot live without are Alice Munro’s “Dance of the Happy Shades,” Annie Proulx’s “Heart Songs,” and Ethan Canin’s “Emperor of the Air.”


Reviews |

Nothing Happened and Then It Did, by Jake Silverstein

In what he dubs a “Chronicle in Fact and Fiction,” Silverstein’s book takes aim at the figurative and often porous boundary between memoir and the novel. The author’s real life misadventures inspire their fictional counterpart, and the fiction in turn dovetails with the next stage of his itinerary. As he hops from Texas to Louisiana to Mexico, Silverstein is like a recurring protagonist in a collection of linked stories.