Reading Arvo Pärt

Context N°24 Scott McLaughlin To borrow the title of John Gribbin’s book on chaos theory (Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity), there is a “deep simplicity” to both the sound and musical organization manifest in every aspect of Read on! →

Fiction and Musical Form

Context N°24 Peter Dimock I asked Peter Dimock to write a short piece about novels that would also serve as an apologia pro labora sua, in light of the expected accusation that his own novel could have somehow been made Read on! →

15 Irish Films for Your Consideration

Context N°24  Kathryn Toolan In the Name of the Father (1993) This film has everything: an Irish director, heavy Northern Irish accents, jean jackets and Jim Morrison hair, Daniel Day-Lewis, the Troubles, a worried “Mammy,” Sinead O’Connor crawling involuntarily down Read on! →

‘Just’ Literature

Context N°24 Interviews with Two Slovenian Writers West Camel Andrej Blatnik’s short-story collec­ti­­on Law of Desire is published by Dalkey Archive in July 2014. Following his previous collection, You Do Understand, comes this expansive series of sixteen tales about “urban Read on! →

Waiting for the Great Estonian Novel

Context N°24 Märt Väljataga In 2005, statistics revealed that the most popular author in Estonia, if judged by public library loans, was the American romance writer Nora Roberts, followed by Sandra Brown and Agatha Christie. The grand old man of Read on! →


Context N°24 Arno Camenisch In June 2012, Rachel McNicholl moderated a panel at the Dublin Writers Festival that included Swiss novelist Arno Camenisch. She asked the participants what expectations they have of their reader. Camenisch redirected the conversation by saying Read on! →

Reading Guide

Context N°11 We asked our academic advisors to name which bookstores in the U.S. have the best backlist of literary fiction, which out-of-print works should be reissued, and which literary websites are most notable. The following lists were compiled from Read on! →