Issue #14, 2000
What Men Think, What Men Write
The themes of the eleven essays collected in this issue are curious to consider and embrace a rich brew of topics. Although the themes of What Men Write, What Men Think significantly differ from those in our Emerging Women Writers II issue, what is worth noting about good narrative nonfiction is not so much what distinguishes the men writers from the women, but more what doesn't. The best of this work tells a story, defines character, provides (journalistic) information, allows for reflection and the establishment of a personal voice. In this issue, Orman Day relates his encounters with credit-card companies; Norman Farrell Jr. describes his transition to Japan and his fascination with plant life; J. David Stevens explores his mania for driving and storytelling; Robert Vivian ruminates about crows; and short-story writer Peter LaSalle freezes a moment in Manhattan.
This issue is out of print.
The City at Three PM: An Essay on Writing Peter LaSalle
Void and Voice: Notes from Poland Kenneth Sherman
Misgivings C.K. Williams
I Haven't Been That Far, But I've Been to Norwood Charles Fanning
Drive J. David Stevens
Cutting the Snow Gregory Martin
The Dark Hangnails of God Robert Vivian
Nyssa Sylvatica Norman Farrell, Jr.
Soul in a Bottle Madison Smartt Bell
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books
Madison Smartt Bell is director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College. Master of the Crossroads, the second novel in... read more
Orman Day is a public-relations consultant and writer in Orange County, California. He has backpacked through 90 countries and is now... read more
Charles Fanning is the director of Irish studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, He is the author of many books and essays... read more
Peter LaSalle's latest book is a short story collection, "Hockey Sur Glace" (1996), and he has contributed fiction to Paris Review, "Best... read more
Gregory Martin has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. His first book, "Mountain City," from... read more
Lee Martin is author of the story collection, The Least You Need to Know, (Sarabande Books, 1996) winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in... read more
Kenneth Sherman was born and raised in Toronto. He has published several books of poetry, including "Clusters" and "Words for Elephant Man... read more
J. David Stevens received his Ph.D. in American literature from Emory University in Atlanta. His most recent work has appeared or is... read more
Robert Vivian is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska. Several of his plays have been produced in New York City. read more