Chris Haddix

But turn your eyes to the valley; there we shall find

the river of boiling blood in which we are steeped

all who struck down their fellow men.

-Inferno, Canto XII II. 46-48

The Mantle

“I have long been a doctor of the art. For some time now I have never said what I believe or never believed what I said. If sometimes I have told the truth, I hide it among so many lies that it is hard to find.”


Happy 544th Birthday, Niccolo Machiavelli!

Eric Anthamatten

Drawing on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and the story of Cain and Abel, Eric Anthamatten offers an ethical consideration of torture and the hunt for a faceless Osama bin Laden in the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

[read part one here]

For A. Fakhreddine...

“I came into the world under the sign of Saturn -- the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.” 

― Walter Benjami

“I came into the world under the sign of Saturn -- the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.” -Walter Benjamin

Shaun Randol

My second foray into the Brooklyn Book Festival was the Walker in the City panel, where the venerable Edmund White coaxed writers to reveal the imaginary forces behind a common theme in their writing: the distance their main characters covered, both geographic and metaphysical.

Shaun Randol

While I have gleefully immersed myself in his nonfiction and long-form essays, I have not read The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, or The Pale King.

Shaun Randol

For me, PEN’s World Voices Festival of International Literature began two hours before the “official” opening night event (discussed here and here).

J. K. Fowler

Event: Festival of New French Writing
Date: 02/25/11
Time: 2:30PM
Panel: Pascal Bruckner and Mark Lilla. Moderated by Adam Gopnik.
Location: 100 Washington Square East, Silver Center, NYU.

New York City: Silver Center, NYU. Event 3 of the Festival of New French Writing.

J. K. Fowler

On the 26th of February, 2011 I got a chance to sit down with Pascal Bruckner, world-renowned French philosopher, at the Gaby Restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel on W. 44th Street in New York City while he was in the city to attend the Festival of New French Literature at NYU's Silver Center. Below is the full transcript of our conversation. 


Date: 02.26.2011 

Time: 11:00 AM 

Shaun Randol

For the Jun/Jul/Aug issue of Bookforum magazine, Paul La Farge published a sketch of the utopian ideal, and the conceptions of utopia today. This is a quick response I shared with the editors of BF.