In Memoriam, Salinger

In commemoration of J.D. Salinger, we repost one of our favorite essays, “Better to Fade Away than to Burn Out?” Editor Mary Borkowski defends authorial privacy in an era where digitally enabled self-promotion is the norm; and with the rise of self-publishing—an imperative.

The Tourist Sublime

When we travel, the meanings consumerism ascribes to objects become opaque, and the choices we have to make — where to eat, where to go, what to do — can abruptly seem arbitrary, pointless. The ubiquitous marketing discourse that normally serves to orient us instead prompts terror in the midst of plenty. The consumerist bounty
  “What editors do for writers is mysterious, and does not, contrary to general belief, have much to do with titles and sentences and ‘changes.’…

gifts

When Vietnamese refugees settled in Southern California they found its culture toxic to something they had always taken for granted, their family life. It’s a…