Fall 2016



Fall 2016

Table of Contents


Cocktails with Vultures, or, A General Theory of Boredom

On Becoming an American Writer

On Slaughter and Praying: An Essay in Two Parts

Re-Materialization, Remoteness, and Reverence: A Critique of De-Materialization in Art

The Slow and Tender Death of Cockroaches




Lap Dance

Letter to Inmate #271847, Convicted of Murder, 1985

Never a Borrower

Real Estate Ode

The Boy with the Bolt

What a Fine Thing It Would Be

Where to Put It


on A Woman of Property by Robyn Schiff

on Lighting the Shadow by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

on Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

on The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia by Gary Snyder

Soldania (on Paul Ruffin’s The Time the Waters Rose & Stories of the Gulf Coast; Sonja Livingston’s Ladies Night at the Dreamland; Gilbert Allen’s The Final Days of Great American Shopping: Stories Past, Present, and Future; John Lane’s Coyote Settles the South; & Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner, edited by Orville Vernon Burton and Eldred E. Prince Jr.)

The Uneventful: On Eduardo Costa and Conceptual Poetics (on Conceptualism and Other Fictions: The Collected Writings of Eduardo Costa 1965–2015, edited by Patrick Greaney; & Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, edited by Lucy Ives)