From “Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief And Loss”

By Jessica Handler By the time I was thirty-two years old, I was the only one of three sisters still alive. This is the simplest way to explain my own story of grief. But there’s so much more to say; that my sister Susie, eight years old when I was ten, died of...

My Little Apocalypse: The Post-Apocalypse Genre in Literature

By Andrew Gifford If there’s one thing I love, it’s the apocalypse. So can I write a quarterly column rambling wildly about my favorite pre- and post-apocalypse literature? I’m going to try, just so I can be That Guy. But, first, an introduction. My addiction to the...

Orientation

By Art Taylor One Friday during those first weeks at the Blue Ridge School for Boys, Nathaniel and I hung out in the common room and watched Dukes of Hazzard instead of heading out on the weekly “Night on the Town”—the big BRS shuttle to the local movie...

Book Review: Andrew Ervin’s Burning Down George Orwell’s House

Burning Down George Orwell’s House Author: Andrew Ervin Soho Press, 2015 (publishes May 5th) ISBN: 978-1-61695-494-9 $25.95 (Hardcover)   Reviewed by Melanie J. Cordova   After countless hours of travel, an exhausted and ill-prepared Ray Welter arrives on Jura, an...

Moon and the Man

By Randon Billings Noble Everyone asked Neil Armstrong what it was like to walk on the moon. But how did the moon feel? * Four-and-a-half billion years ago the moon formed, the result of a tragic union between the Earth and an unknown, careening planet. Slowly, lento,...

Burning Down: An Interview with Andrew Ervin

I spoke with Andrew Ervin recently about his forthcoming novel, Burning Down George Orwell’s House. His first book, Extraordinary Renditions, a collection of three novellas, is a reader’s delight. Ervin grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and has lived in...