Knight

Knight IN 1988, I slept behind a curtain in the living room of a one bedroom apartment on Third Avenue and 16th Street. My roommate was an aspiring actress: she found the apartment so she got the bedroom. We met on a temp job. She didn’t want to go to college. I liked her energy […]

“Do You Not Like Me Here?”: On Agnieszka Dale’s “Fox Season: and Other Short Stories” and Immigration Anxiety in Britain

“Do You Not Like Me Here?”: On Agnieszka Dale’s “Fox Season: and Other Short Stories” and Immigration Anxiety in Britain IN FOX SEASON: AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, her debut collection, Agnieszka Dale exhibits a knack for opening lines. They are sometimes titillating: “For sex with Manolo, Bianca went to the Vatican Gardens” (“One Less Button”); […]

A President Out of Control

A President Out of Control DECEMBER 7, 2015. Three hundred and thirty-seven days to Election Day. Seventy-fourth anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Candidate Donald J. Trump is speaking at a campaign rally inside the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor. The news media are enclosed in a press pen surrounded by a cheering crowd. We’re out of […]

Eerie, Exalted Fantasy

Eerie, Exalted Fantasy ON NOVEMBER 28, New Directions Press will release a new edition of Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs. Caliban, a remarkable little novel that has been in and out of print since it first appeared from Faber & Faber in 1982. The reclusive Ingalls, an American author resident in London since 1965, may finally be […]

Lisbon: Beyond What the Tourist Should See

Lisbon: Beyond What the Tourist Should See 1. THE BOOK, like nearly everything else Fernando Pessoa ever wrote, was never a book. Lisbon: What the Tourist Should See is a bundle of typewritten pages, found long after the poet’s death in one of the two vast wooden trunks in which Pessoa deposited reams of prose, […]