The Forward: When Even A Boy Einstein Doesn’t Have ‘All The Answers’


Michael Kupperman grew up in Connecticut, hidden away in suburbia along with a family secret; Kupperman’s professor father, Joel Kupperman, had been a child star, one of the most popular and recognized child stars of his generation.

As the “genius” boy Einstein of the largely rigged show “Quiz Kids,” Joel Kupperman had been cast as exemplar to a less objectionable popularization of the Jewish people. …

The New York Times: 'Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir'


Reviewing 'Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir,' by Michael Peppiatt 

When Michael Peppiatt, at 21, met Francis Bacon, the 53-year-old artist was already all artifice, well spoken when well rehearsed, his bistro doctrines applauded by clinking glasses. Peppiatt, having taken over a student arts journal at Cambridge, had shown up in London’s Soho. …

The Brooklyn Rail: 'The Solitary Twin' by Harry Mathews


During the years I was pursuing my graduate degree in creative writing at Columbia University, Harry Mathews was a beloved mentor, and in the years since, as I’ve been faculty at The New School graduate writing program, he has been not only a mentor, but a colleague and a friend.

Times Literary Supplement: ‘Georgia’ a novel by Dawn Trip


Well, for those of you who subscribe to the Times Literary Supplement, I have a review of Dawn Tripp's novel, Georgia in this week's issue:

Wilully, Americans tell the story of Georgia O’Keeffe: the story of the southwestern female artist and pioneer. The story is wrong in three ways: once for the remnants of the arguments it contains, mounted by art critics in the 1920s, that O’Keeffe embodied the art of a woman, more sensual ...

The Rumpus: "Who Is Ana Mendieta?"


The Feminist Press has put together an extraordinary graphic biography in Who is Ana Mendieta? (June 2011) by Christine Redfern and Caro Varon.  The work intersects with the larger subject of the social revolution that did or didn't happen in the 60s and 70s.  Questions regarding Mendieta, her art, women's art, all art, politics and social change come crashing together in the elegant edition, which launches FP's Blind Spot Series,  The series, in the words of FP, will invoke “the spirit of revolutions past.”

The Believer: Peter Neumeyer, Edward Gorey in Floating Worlds

Looked at the correspondence of Peter Neumeyer and Edward Gorey, Floating Worlds, for the Believer


(Incidentally, I also talked to Peter for Art in America.)

We are perhaps as well situated as we’ve ever been to solve the curiously tempting and elusive riddle of Edward Gorey. …

Brooklyn Rail: Alexandra Chasin's Brief


A short piece this month’s Brooklyn Rail on Alexandra Chasin's Brief

(Jaded Ibis Books, 2013):

We look at art in context, but what about people? 

Of course, during a trial, we hear about the childhood, the hours alone, and the alcoholic step-parent, etc. And maybe that mediates our decision-making in the sentencing phase. …

The Rumpus and Critical Mass: Jonathan Lethem’s "The Ecstasy of Influence"


Each day leading up to the March 8 announcement of the 2011 NBCC award winners, Critical Mass is highlighting our thirty finalists. In a first, the NBCC is partnering with other websites to promote our finalists as well in the categories of Criticism and Poetry. Our Criticism finalists will appear on The Rumpus, our Poetry finalists will appear March 7 at O, the Oprah Magazine website. …

Art in America: MetaMaus

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Took a look at MetaMaus for Art in America:

Pantheon's MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic is a kind of "making of" Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical comic memoir, Maus. The 300-page full-color hardback and companion DVD abound with source materials—interviews with the author, photographs, letters, art—presented in parallel with a conversation between editor Hillary Chute and Spiegelman. …

The Daily Beast: To Be Young Was Very Heaven

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"Punk, Springsteen, Patti Smith, and the legends that made New York music."

Looked at Will Hermes' Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever (Faber & Faber, 2011) for the Daily Beast:

A kid washes in from Jersey. He's weird-looking, with a not very urbane, sentimental aesthetic; he's backed by a neighborhood bar band. …

Brooklyn Rail: Davis Schneiderman


A short piece this month’s Brooklyn Rail on Davis Schneiderman’s Blank (Jaded Ibis, 2011):


Here it is in text:

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31 Books in 31 Days: "The Best of It," Kay Ryan


Each day leading up to the March 10 announcement of the 2010 NBCC award winners, Critical Mass highlights one of the thirty-one finalists (to read other entries in the series, click here). Today, NBCC board member John Reed discusses poetry finalist Kay Ryan's The Best of It: New and Selected Poems

Popmatters and Bomb Magazine: "Drawings from the Gulag"


Looked at Danzig Baldaev’s  Drawings from the Gulag for Popmatters:


Also, wrote a diff piece, same book, for Bomb Magazine: