Metanarratives of the postcolonial world

From the forthcoming What Postcolonial Theory Doesn’t Say (ed. Anna Bernard, Ziad Elmarsafy and Stuart Murray), Mrinalini Greedharry (Laurentian) and Pasi Ahonen (Swansea): Managing Postcolonialism. Nikita Dhawan (Innsbruck): Affirmative Sabotage of the Master’s Tools: The Paradox of Postcolonial Enlightenment. Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick) and Walter Mignolo (Duke): On Decolonial-Postcolonial Dialogue. Sara Amighetti (UCL) and Alasia Nuti (Cambridge): David Miller’s Theory of Redress and the

Paper Trail

Money, money, money. Yet another rumor emerges that Michael Bloomberg is keen to buy the New York Times, this time for a smooth $5 billion, McSweeney’s asks its fans for $150,000 on Kickstarter, and Vice Media looks set to pull in $1 billion in revenue this year. Meanwhile, the venerable Onion has its own grand


The Nicholson Baker Course

J.C. HallmanWhen I starting reading Nicholson Baker, so as to write my homage, B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal, I quickly grew concerned, because Baker's many writerly interests got all jumbled up in my

Daily Review

It Starts with Trouble: William Goyen and the Life of Writing

The piney backwoods of East Texas might be the unlikeliest place on earth to produce a writer like William Goyen. He escaped via the navy, and he might have easily become an artist who left home and never looked back. Instead, that "bewitched" landscape loomed large. "All serious art celebrates mystery, perhaps," Joyce Carol Oates once wrote, "but Goyen's comes close to embodying it."


Dale Peck

Dale Peck is not known for understatement. His reviews, collected under the title Hatchet Jobs, earned him a reputation as one of the most scathing critics of his generation's revered literary voices. Peck's 1993 debut novel, Martin and John, was released as Fucking Martin in the UK.


Dennis Cooper's Haunted HTML Novel

Paige K. Bradley

You could call Dennis Cooper's new HTML novel, Zac’s Haunted House, many things: net art, a glorified Tumblr, a visual novel, a mood board, or a dark night of the Internet's soul. It has just a few words—the chapter titles and a few subtitles embedded in some of the gifs—but it still very clearly belongs to Cooper’s own haunted oeuvre, capable of evoking powerful and gnarled emotions.