Fall 2000



Fall 2000

Table of Contents


American Theater Watch, 1999–2000

Dark Matter: Thinking About Nothing

Ogre, Glory, Waterfall: Reflections on Writing and Fathering


Public Relations

The Checker

The Great Depression

Tragedy: A Comedy



Film Noir & Controlled Substance

For a Glass of Red Wine



How Old Carl Broke His Back

Night in Iowa

Potatoes and Point

Simonides’ Stone


That Was I

Your Body


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)

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)

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

on Liver by Charles Harper Webb

on Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson

on Say Uncle by Kay Ryan

on The Deathbed Playboy by Philip Dacey

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)