I sat down for a long chat with the brilliant Wayne Koestenbaum for the LARB.
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).
An interview I did with the very smart and charming critic Daniel Mendelsohn is up at The Millions. Spoiler: he hates Mad Men.
I reviewed Unpacking My Library, a tour of the bookshelves of writers, for The Rumpus.
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 call for Americanist criticism antedates…