Yesterday, I read about Patricia O’Brien’s choice to submit her widely rejected sixth novel under the pseudonym Kate Alcott in the New York Times, the unprecedented success it resulted in, and felt the need to assert myself. My name is, has always been, Kathleen Alcott....more
Posts by: Kathleen Alcott
Set in New York City, Another Country presents a group of friends and artists struggling not to be wrenched apart by race, sexuality and ambition.
The novel begins with Rufus, a bright and kind black drummer from the South, who has forsaken his musical promise and sanity in the name of loving a white woman....more
The books I love are those tangled and overflowing: their magic is the product of the trust the author puts in his talent
Nabokov’s Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle is nothing less than brimming, and it writhes in beauty from first to last; it is difficult to deconstruct its brilliance, which is many-branched....more
I always blanch when someone tells me — and always so assuredly, it seems — “ I just don’t really like poetry.”It’s more people, more otherwise avid readers than I would like to think.
It’s a matter of personal choice, sure; as much as I try to like reading philosophy I can’t say I do. But these people who “don’t really like poetry” seem to see it as an art form that’s too indulgent or selfish or extraneous; they feel they can relate more to characters in storylines. I, on the other hand, turn to poetry when I need something to relate to. I was feeling that need when I passed Bolaño’s The Romantic Dogs in a window; I was heartachin’, broke, and a line from a poet I hadn’t read in years kept crossing my mind:...more
Author and ex-soldier for the publishing world, former Executive Editor-in-Chief of Random House and fiction editor of The New Yorker Daniel Menaker attempts to break down the industry’s struggle into variables of audience, cost, risk, and heart in his recent essay, “...more