Why Literary Types (Often) Maintain Friendships That (Some) Public Intellectuals Can’t (on Ex-friends: Falling Out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer by Norman Podhoretz; Cleanth Brooks And Allen Tate: Collected Letters, 1933-1976 by Alphonse Vinh; & The Letters of Denise Levertov and William Carlos Williams by Christopher MacGowan)

Pursuing the Self (on Memory & Narrative: The Weave of Life-Writing by James Olney; Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions by Michelle Citron; & Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness by Robin Hemley)

On Their Own Premises (on Midnight Salvage: Poems, 1995-1998 by Adrienne Rich; On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita Dove; Wooroloo by Frieda Hughes; The Snow Watcher by Chase Twichell; & The Watchers by Memye Curtis Tucker)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

American Theater Watch, 1998–1999

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

The Background Beyond the Background

Pattiann Rogers has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Penguin, 2013), and a selection of her uncollected poems is forthcoming from Penguin/Random House in 2018. A gathering of 329 journals and magazines containing her poems was recently acquired by Texas Tech University and is housed in the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World.

What Writing Is

Prisoner

The Teachers Pass the Popcorn

The Sound Is So Shallow Here