Explosion-Proof Review: Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station

Early in Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station, Adam Gordon, a young American poet on fellowship in Spain, is on a camping trip with a group of Spaniards. He is high, his Spanish is weak, and he is trying to follow a story one of the girls is telling. “[I]t was less like I failed … Continue reading

On Influence and The Concubineapple

Along with the heat and images of Anthony Weiner’s anatomy, influence seems to be everywhere these days. The most recent issue of the excellent Canadian literary magazine, Brick, has a great piece by the Colombian writer, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, on the sometime-stultifying influence of One Hundred Years of Solitude, the influences of Gabriel García Marquez, … Continue reading