At Bad Eminence, a lengthy, well-written post on the somewhat contentious (but always respectful) argument between William Gass and John Gardner on the purpose of fiction. I am in Gass’ camp, myself, but it’s worthwhile to note that his fiction and his theories on same often contradict each other; just because Gass has doubts about
I hereby nominate this fine piece of work as the official Sonora Review theme music: What say you? –Jonathon Walter
Darwin’s Nightmare The Thin Blue Line –Jon W.
Elisa Gabbert is not happy with the work she’s been getting. Choice quote: “Poems are not supposed to be beautiful (though they can be). They’re supposed to be good.” –Jon W.
It is impossible to read this, William Vollmann’s 2500-page examination of the morality of violence, without reflecting on one’s own relationship to violence. And so here is a story: During my undergrad years I helped pay my tuition by working in a small mom-and-pop video store with an extensive (for our location, anyhow) pornography collection.