Thank You!

Dear Readers,   It has been a joy to serve you for the past three years. Unfortunately, though sales and subscriptions have been robust, the magazine required a foundational investment to move forward into the future — we were unable … Continued

The Geography of Melancholy

In Robert Burton’s mammoth 1621 The Anatomy of Melancholy, a meandering discourse on soul-sickness, Burton treats melancholy as a universal phenomenon, endemic to the human condition: “Kingdoms and provinces are melancholy, cities and families, all creatures, vegetable, sensible, and rational—that … Continued

CandorFrom the Print

This poem has been drawn from Vol. 1 No. 5/6 of the American Reader. ✖ for Filip Marinovich 3/2011This seven-year-old yells well I’m gonna kill you at her friendafter a cold hosingin warm weather. I can’t stay­­in this apartment any … Continued

10 Under 10: Writers to Watch

The American Reader is proud to feature ten emerging writers, whose work speaks not only to the variety but the vitality and inventiveness of contemporary American literature. Each of the writers answered a brief questionnaire explaining their background, work, and … Continued

The Cosmology of Serialized Television

In less propitious times, the poet X would have become a popular hack. As a function of the times, however, X has become a bad Expressionist. Consequently, his work causes intellectual short-circuiting.                                                    … Continued

The Lost Art of Memorizing Poetry

Why is poetry these days so hard to remember? In my twenties, I decided to try my hand at memorizing an entire poem—mostly because I seemed to constantly find myself stuck at some boring public event (panel, seminar, concert) where … Continued

Thank You!

Dear Readers,   It has been a joy to serve you for the past three years. Unfortunately, though sales and subscriptions have been robust, the magazine required a foundational investment to move forward into the future — we were unable … Continued

Regarding Diptychs

I.  After hours of wafting through the Whitney Biennial last spring, I was startled to find a piece on the top floor that grounded me: a dichromatic print divided in two called Regarding Venus (2012). The left half was all … Continued

Staff Picks: Print Favorites

This October, the American Reader is going (almost) all print. In celebration of this shift, the editors have put together an unranked list of twenty of our favorite stories, poems, plays and essays that have appeared in our print edition … Continued

Tough BeautyFrom the Print

This story has been drawn from Vol 2. No. 2 of the American Reader, available in Barnes and Nobles and in independent bookstores nationwide, as well as in our Shoppe. It will appear in the collection, Fourteen Stories, None of Them … Continued