In an interview with Mark Greif for Los Angeles Review of Books, Greg Gerke frames Against Everything as an essay collection that faces outward, more political and less personal, despite its origins in rarified academia. Greif cites the influence and inspiration of traditions of thought exemplified by Susan Sontag and Stanley Cavell, the latter whose […]
I’m quite sure that if I lived when Gertrude Stein did, I would have not enjoyed her person—the pronouncements, the relentless self-promotion, the blatant self-absorption (“I am a genius”). If I lived in her time I probably, like so many else then, would not have enjoyed her writing either—the repetitions, the lack of story, the […]
The first time The Shining was screened on national television, viewers were informed that the “film deals with the supernatural, as a possessed man attempts to destroy his family.” Is that a presumptuous interpretation of what happened in The Shining? Greg Gerke points out the subtle—yet possibly character-changing differences that occur in the movie when […]
Greg Gerke is the author of There’s Something Wrong With Sven. He also helps run a reading series called Soda Series at Soda Bar in Brooklyn Heights, edits very short fiction for Artvoice, and is a member of the National Society of Book Critics.
Lydia Davis is the author of four short story collections, as well as The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis and the novel The End of the Story. A MacArthur Fellow, she has been a finalist for many major book awards and this September will release her translation of Madame Bovary. Much of Davis’s fiction, from […]
In curt sentences detailing many unsettled lives, Kim Chinquee constructs a mosaic of despair in modern day America. Life is already hard, but attempts at intimacy (what many of the people in these pages seek) do not always further the characters’ life but leaves them confused and sorry—sometimes stoic.
This week, Rumpus books published a review of a story collection by Greg Gerke, an interview with Benjamin Anastas, a Rumpus Reprint by our own Stephen Elliott, and an exclusive excerpt from a best of the Believer compilation.