Semi;Colon

February Fire and Fury

Reading Michael Wolff’s account in The Hollywood Reporter about how he got access to the West Wing while writing Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House got me thinking about Lillian Ross, the longtime writer for The New Yorker, who died last fall…

February 15, 2018
Semi;Colon

Writing? What is that?

People say you can’t teach talent, that not everybody has the ability to be the next Toni Morrison or F. Scott Fitzgerald, or someday play for the Cubs, or become a famous musician. And perhaps this is true. But if we stop trying to be an…

February 15, 2018
Semi;Colon

Defining a “True” Writer

Close your eyes and imagine a writer. Where are they? What are they like? When I used to think of a writer, I would think of a person sitting at a mahogany desk, or maybe at a Parisian cafe, or maybe a really Brooklyn-esque cafe (you know,…

February 15, 2018
Essays

Mark Dostert

Getting Rid of the Get During my eleven years teaching seventh-grade English, the personal narrative essay was part of my state’s mandatory writing test. The prompts went something like this: Write about a time when you learned a new skill or Write about a…

February 15, 2018
Essays

Natania Rosenfeld

The Professor’s Body  Can fragility feel as hot as bravado? I think so, but sometimes struggle to find the way. —Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts   The professor’s body sits cross-legged on the edge of the desk. Its head turns all round the semicircle to…

February 15, 2018
Book Reviews

Timothy Parfitt

A Look Back at a New Narrative Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997  Nightboat, 511 pages, $24.95  Edited by Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian  New Narrative, a late twentieth-century art movement that fused queer praxis, radical  politics, and daring writing, is now on arguably on its third or fourth “wave,” but I had not encountered it until recently. Now the…

February 15, 2018
Semi;Colon

Auld (and New) Lang Syne

Our December online issue features advice on the holidays by Dawn Downey, an interview with poet Camille Dungy, and a view from within the Un dia sin Latinos march in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Paula Lovo. A commonplace observation of the holiday season is that…

December 20, 2017