“They’re probably watching the news and wishing it were more about their bombing and less about the oil spill.”

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Today we published a review of David Goodwillie’s American Subversive by Eric B. Martin that it isn’t so much a review as an essay that tackles some really important questions about “literature, literary reviews, overstimulation, secret weapons, and 21st century life.”

Over at the Wall Street Journal they have an interview with Goodwillie in which the author discusses “the strange confluence of art and life” in light of the attempted car bombing in Times Square this weekend, an event that “is eerily similar to the events imagined […] in his new novel…”


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →