A teenage Paul Muldoon sought advice from Seamus Heaney. Muldoon sent his poems, and asked what was wrong with them. “Nothing,” ... Heaney replied
Abysses are monstrous, terrifying, and, in literature, ubiquitous. Here they are in Baudelaire, there in Nietzsche, everywhere in ... Kafka: I and the Abyss
The business of literature is chaotic. Always been that way. Technology evolves, but the question remains: What is the ... value of a book?
What's so shameful about the emotional clarity and moral imperative of getting even? Why all the hypocrisy surrounding revenge? Eye for an Eye: The Case for Revenge
Mary MacLane's I Await the Devil's Coming, the early 20th century memoir that I wrote the introduction to for the reissue, is getting a lot of attention. I wonder if that is mostly because she is immensely quotable - "It is not deaths and murders and plots and wars that make life tragedy It is Nothing that makes life tragedy
But life is not a swimming pool, contained within four walls and measured in laps and tenths of seconds. It is an ocean; unfathomably deep, wide and changeable, and completely unable to be controlled by human hands Swimming Studies