Make It Strange: Ben Marcus on the Outskirts of Realism
An interview with novelist Ben Marcus about the strange, fantastic, and supernatural in fiction. The pleasures of fiction gone weird.
Convicted Reading, or, Literature in Alternative Sentencing
This interview with Robert Waxler, from UMASS Dartmouth, focuses on the Changing Lives through Literature program for convicts who do a lit class as part of probation. It's an alternative sentencing program that relies on the deep power of literary ...
The Medieval Imagination, or, the Fresh Blood of the Deep Past
Nicholas Watson from Harvard University discusses medieval concepts of the imagination, dream visions, and the desire for the past. What's the relation between the imagination and historical knowledge? How can medieval thought teach us something about keeping a vital relation ...
Virtual Reality in 9/11 Fiction
Laura Tanner from Boston College talks about literary and artistic responses to the highly mediated, spectacle-quality experience of 9/11. She focuses on Don DeLillo's novel Falling Man to ask about the authenticity of the experiences we have through screens. What ...