Critical Notes

Roundup 3


NBCC member and San Antonio playwright Gregg Barrios has a hit in Provincetown with his “Rancho Pancho” play, about Tennessee Williams and Pancho Rodriguez (pictured here in P-town’s Atlantic House Bar in 1946).

NBCC member Cynthia Haven traces Czeslaw Milosz’s last days in Krakow.

NBCC member Paul Wilner on Allen Ginsberg’s letters.

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn is a fan of Kate Atkinson’s “When Will There Be Good News?”

NBCC member Ed Park urges restraint when trackling Howard Waldrop’s “Other Worlds, Better Lives: Selected Long Fiction 1989-2003.”

“A little florid,” “a little eccentric,” “witheringly stern,” NBCC member Craig Seligman taste tests the latest from Marcella Hazen.

NBCC board member Geeta Sharma-Jensen talks to NBCC fiction award winner Junot Diaz, one of two Pulitzer awardees (Richard Russo is the other)in town for the Milwaukee Book Fest.

Quick and dirty in San Francisco: Former Ecstatic Monkey curators launch “Bang Out: A quick and Dirty Reading Series” as part of Litquake’s Litcrawl next Saturday, October 11 at Elixir, at the corner of Guerrero and 16th in San Francisco, from 6-7 pm. Writers in the opening line-up—Kim Addonizio,James Meetze,Geraldine Kim, Page McBee, Jason Morris—have been asked to “bang out” short pieces on a theme: First Times.

NBCC member Adam Kirsch, shut out by the shutdown of The Sun, pops up at Slate, weighing in on the Nobel controversy.