During the eight months he was sentenced to Rikers Island, a poet named Lauren Ireland wrote postcards to Lil Wayne. The rapper never responded, but the writer compiled them into a tiny purple book. ...more
I began the novel late one gray-skyed evening, under one of those warm spring rains that make everything a little greener, a little more earthy. Not unlike the first night the guests spend in the Hill House....more
The way LTGWS lovingly caressed every carnal description of Manhattan’s byways and alleys, tenement flats, assisted-living towers, and half-way houses was a revelation in today’s post-Minimalist world. ...more
I was only starting to let myself feel what I had lost 14 years earlier, when I had reluctantly placed our third child – the only one I managed to deliver – with an adoptive family. Like Lori Carson, I was love-haunted. Unlike Carson, I had no words....more
Michael Chabon's career is often the work of a writer hell-bent on destroying the line between "literary" and "genre," and his most famous work is an epic adventure novel about comic-book creators. ...more
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William Bradley's essay collection Fractals is forthcoming from Lavender Ink. You can read more of his work at www.williambradleyessayist.com and follow hem on Twitter at @william_bradley.