In Arseny Tarkovsky’s poem “Зеркало (Mirror)”, he appoints himself a guardian of timelessness and immortality. He counsels his reader not to fear death. He cleaves his fate to the saddle, the journey. There are another half-dozen word-images in there that I’m still turning about in my head. Good art does that to a person. TheContinue reading “Mirror”


When I was working on the Mallory Smart article for the Reader, I listened to a lot of book-scene podcasts and scanned a bunch of Twitter timelines for research. One show was hosted by a guy named Sean Thor Conroe. He seemed connected to many big fish in the indie-lit pond. When the publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano wasContinue reading “Poseur”