A Matter of ConscienceBy Tim Marchman
It is impossible to learn overnight what one has spent a lifetime in ignorance of, and so it was perhaps not shocking to see demonstrators at a recent protest against the military action in Afghanistan hoisting placards reading U.S. OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST, apparently unaware that Afghanistan is in fact in Central Asia.
A Story for Big GirlsBy Laura Bradford
Sigrid Nunez, For Rouenna (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, November 2001), $22 hardcover. For Rouenna, Sigrid Nunezs fourth novel, raises the question of whether a writer should ever tell a story for someone else, either at their wish or on their behalf.
In Conversation with D. NurkseBy Margot Farrington
D. Nurkses most recent book of poetry is The Rules of Paradise (Four Way Books, 2001). His previous books include Leaving Xaia, Voices Over Water, Staggered Lights, Shadow Wars, and Isolation in Action.
Newfields New YorkBy Theodore Hamm
Jack Newfield, Somebodys Gotta Tell It! The Upbeat Memoir of a Working-Class Journalist (St. Martins Press, April 2002) $30 hardcover.
The Art of BooklynBy Cricket Heinze
Riding to Greenpoint on the G train, I confess, I was expecting something different. Aside from knowing Booklyns address and the fact that it was some sort of artists co-op that made books, I was aware that its members embraced performance art as well as artist bookmaking.
The Race of ArchitectureBy Tia Blassingame
Since their arrival in the sixteenth century, Africans and Americans of African descent have been involved in American design, first as free and slave builders, carpenters, blacksmiths and later as architects.
Theres Still Hope for UtopiaBy Jim Feast
I often wonder what you would see if you turned time inside out. That is, while the pummeling of exterior events is easy to study, what is less visible but more worth wondering about is how people relate emotionally and intellectually to historical surges.
With Us, Without Us: In Memoriam W.G. SebaldBy Alan Lockwood
W.G. Sebald, the German writer whose four elegant, memory-drenched books have gained increasing acclaim over the past decade, dies near his English home in December.