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Cormac McCarthy’s The Passenger and Stella Maris

In these magnificent, conjoined novels, The Passenger and Stella Maris, McCarthy has taken the oldest story in the world—humankind’s search for meaning in a world seemingly devoid of God—and makes it feel fresh and personal to each and every one of us.

Mary Ann Caws’s Mina Loy: Apology of Genius

Loy’s poetry is deftly woven across this biography, both to present life experiences in her own words, as well as highlight her extraordinary ability to turn language into insight.

In Search of The Third Bird: Exemplary Essays from The Proceedings of ESTAR(SER) 2001–2021

In Search may be a game, but it is undoubtedly a serious one.

Michael Seidenberg’s Unsolicited Advice for the End Times

“I don’t care what Bob Dylan said,” Michael writes in Unsolicited Advice. “I say do think twice—at least twice.” He was never not one for doubling back.

Mircea Cărtărescu’s Solenoid

If you begin reading Solenoid you may not be able to finish it—it took me several months—but this is one of those rare books you should have in your library because its shelf life will endure as long as literature lasts.

In Conversation

Ted Conover with J.C. Hallman

Author Ted Conover and Rail Contributor J.C. Hallman discuss Conover's new book, Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders At America's Edge.

Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern Song

With Dylan, a few words go a long way. Nothing is belabored. When you are discussing songwriting, and you are arguably the finest songwriter of your era, it needn't be. I wouldn't call it shop-speak, it's more insider knowledge.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2022

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