“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 been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is a co-owner of The Rumpus. Follow him on Twitter. More from this author →