We Never Close

David Clewell is the author of several collections of poems—most recently, Taken Somehow By Surprise (University of Wisconsin, 2011). He teaches writing and literature at Webster University in St. Louis and served as Missouri’s poet laureate from 2010–12. His claim to Charlie-the-Tuna-collecting fame is not at all overinflated.

The World Began with Charlie Chan

Frederick Busch (1941–2006) was a prolific short-story writer and an award-winning novelist. Professor of literature at Colgate University from 1966 to 2003, he authored twenty-seven books and more than one hundred short stories and essays. His many honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for fiction in 1986 and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction in 1991.

on Nurture by Maxine Kumin

on Sonahchi: A Collection of Myth-Tales by Pat Carr

on Framework: A History of Screen-writing in the American Film by Tom Stempel

on The Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1981 by Paul Jay

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.

on The Magic Lantern by Ingmar Bergman and Joan Tate

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.

Wonderful Geographies (on By Land, by Sea by William Hoffman; Love Life by Bobbie Ann Mason; Appalachian Patterns by Bo Ball; Moustapha’s Eclipse by Reginald Mcknight; & The All-Girl Football Team by Lewis Nordan)

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.

“After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?”: The Rise of Ethical Criticism (on The Company We Keep: An Ethics Of Fiction by Wayne C. Booth; The Vocation of a Teacher: Rhetorical Occasions, 1967-1988 by Wayne C. Booth; The Ethics of Criticism by Tobin Siebers; Find You the Virtue: Ethics, Image, and Desire in Literature by Irving Massey; & The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination by Robert Coles)