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The Generic Life

On October 20, 2014 By

I wrote an essay for Full-Stop about Eileen Simpson’s wonderful memoir, Poets in Their Youth, and the poets she chronicles wherein (John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Delmore Schwartz, et al):


I. Critical Distances

An intimate affair, America’s coming of age happened in 1915.  There was no party or fanfare, just Van Wyck Brooks’s essay, “America’s Coming of Age,” the first consequential look at the previous century of American literature and therefore the first significant work of Americanist criticism.  Curiously, the […]


Is This Any Fun?

On October 1, 2011 By

My tell-all account of studying under the fantastic and woefully underappreciated Richard Poirier is in the October issue of The Believer (teaser only at the link—go buy the issue!)To give a flavor of the piece, their always great “Discussed” list:

Grad-School Lingua Franca, Fiery Jeremiads,T. S. Eliot’s Romantic Troubles, Pernicious […]


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