on Say Uncle by Kay Ryan

on Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson

on I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory by Patricia Hampl

Edward Butscher’s poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous literary journals and publications, including the Saturday Review of Literature, Newsday, and the American Book Review. In 1976 he published the first biography of Sylvia Plath, and in 1988 his biography Conrad Aiken: Poet of White Horse Vale won the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Cane Award.

Lingua Sexus: Autobiography in Love (on E-mail Trouble: Love and Addiction @ The Matrix by S. Paige Baty; Unzipped: What Happens When Friends Talk about Sex—A True Story by Courtney Weaver; & Times Square Red, Times Square Blue by Samuel R. Delany)

Handling the Truth (on The Lost Suitcase: Reflections on the Literary Life by Nicholas Delbanco; A Childhood in the Milky Way: Becoming a Poet in Ohio by David Brendan Hopes; The Night Gardener: A Search for Home by Marjorie Sandor; A Little Fling and Other Essays by Sam Pickering; & In Montaigne’s Tower by Hilary Masters)

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

Such Is the Stuff Our Popular Culture Is Made Of (on The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town by Andrew Ross; Trash Culture: Popular Culture and the Great Tradition by Richard Keller Simon; & Faded Mosaic: The Emergence of Post-cultural America by Christopher Clausen)

Where People and Wildness Collide (on The Edges of the Civilized World by Alison Hawthorne Deming & Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays by Robert Finch)

Doug Carlson joined the Review staff in January 2007 and works primarily in manuscript evaluation and nonfiction editing. Carlson’s essays on natural and cultural history have appeared frequently in magazines and journals as well as in several anthologies, including A Place Apart (W. W. Norton) and The Sacred Place (University of Utah Press). His work has been collected in two books: At the Edge (White Pine Press) and When We Say We’re Home (University of Utah Press). His most recent book, Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2007. Before coming to the Review, Carlson was visiting writer-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is a former chair of the UGA Press Faculty Editorial Board and has served in editorial or advisory capacities for Ascent magazine, White Pine Press, and New Rivers Press.

Film Noir & Controlled Substance

David Moolten’s most recent book, Primitive Mood (2009), won the T. S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press. Moolten is also the author of Especially Then (David Robert Books, 2005), and Plums & Ashes (Northeastern University, 1994), which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry, the Kenyon Review, the Southwest Review, and Epoch, among other journals and reviews.

American Theater Watch, 1999–2000

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.

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