Tag: Meakin Armstrong
Editors’ Picks: September Recommended ReadingSeptember 2012
Our editors highlight some worthy books to start off the fall.
The author of the lauded graphic novel Blankets discusses the influences behind his new book, the effect of 9/11 on his work, and the decline of the superhero in comics.
Meakin Armstrong: Egypt and the American Fever DreamFebruary 2011
For over 30 years, we gave Egypt the shaft, because it was in our national interest to do so. Now it’s time for Egypt to find out where its own interests are, without a strongman leading the way. The country has a difficult and terrible road to walk.
New York Doesn’t Love You EitherBy Meakin Armstrong
Our fiction editor’s theory on New York as a place of neutrality and a refuge from soul crushing lunches at Applebee’s…and his call for proselytizing Christians to leave New Yorkers alone.
Meakin Armstrong: On Getting Rejected by GuernicaJuly 2010
“Call me the Great Rejector. But don’t take the rejection personally.”
Meakin Armstrong: Just Ignore That Damned New Yorker ListJune 2010
The New Yorker is lauded for keeping the literary flame alive, but is that flame sucking all of the oxygen out of the room?
Meakin Armstrong: On Stupidity and The Encyclopedia of StupidityJune 2010
Given the recent major acts of idiocy (the BP fiasco), it’s about time we studied stupidity and kept the chronically dense (Palin & co.) from destroying our world.
Meakin Armstrong: On Cinema’s Beautiful BlowhardMay 2010
Samuel Fuller had a pulp-fiction mindset and the former tabloid-reporter’s tendency to think in screaming headlines.
Rec Room: Meakin Armstrong: JellyfishMay 2010
This film is melancholic, but still in love with the world and its magic.
Meakin Armstrong: On MatingApril 2010
Are others curious why Rush chose a female voice? I’m hoping this matter will be approached during the April 26 Guernica/PEN event where he’ll be a panelist.
Rec Room: Meakin Armstrong: Women and CountryApril 2010
I’m not going to lose my mind over this album, but it’s filled with songs I’m going to keep.
Meakin Armstrong: On I’m HereMarch 2010
This story of two robots in love asserts that sacrifice is what makes love worthwhile.
Meakin Armstrong: On the Greatest Living Director (You Never Heard Of)March 2010
The greatest living filmmaker you’ve never heard of.
Meakin Armstrong: Orson Welles, Rightful King of All-MediaMarch 2010
Orson Welles, the true king of all-media.
Meakin Armstrong: On ExtrasFebruary 2010
Cringe comedy as only the British can do it.
Meakin Armstrong: On Harpo Speaks! and My Wicked Wicked WaysJanuary 2010
Neither book requires its readers to be a fan of the star—and that’s why they are great reads.
Meakin Armstrong: On The Golden KeyJanuary 2010
I wandered around, and thumbed through the remaindered bestsellers and out-of-date guidebooks, when I came across The Magical Key. This particular edition had the illustrations by Maurice Sendak and its afterword was by W.H. Auden. What was this book?
Meakin Armstrong: On Steve EricksonDecember 2009
Reading Erickson is like careering through space in a stunt car—the kind that jumps ramps through rings of fire.
Meakin Armstrong: On The Adventures of Augie MarchNovember 2009
“Since graduating school, no book has impressed me as much as Augie March.”
Emil Cioran, Aphorist, “Nazist,” and Hero of the BedNovember 2009
Read him for the same reason you might drink whiskey neat: to brace you and awaken your senses.
Meakin Armstrong: On Laura van den BergOctober 2009
Laura van den Berg’s writing is spare and elliptical. Large topics are broached, but quietly and the stories stay with you.
Meakin Armstrong: On The Skeptic’s DictionaryOctober 2009
This book is a weapon. It will teach you how to think.
Meakin Armstrong: On the Dying Print JournalsOctober 2009
On the gradual extinction of print journals.
Staff Pick: Meakin ArmstrongSeptember 2009
Unleash your inner comic book geek and escape to the action-packed world of Zot!
Staff Pick: Meakin ArmstrongSeptember 2009
Let Meakin reintroduce you to the screwball comedy!
Meakin Armstrong: On A Disobedient GirlAugust 2009
Set in Sri Lanka, A Disobedient Girl is heart-wrenching and jubilant.
Staff Pick: Meakin ArmstrongAugust 2009
In The Children’s Hospital, Earth suffers an apocalyptic flood. Nothing exists anymore; no life, except for a floating children’s hospital, protected by angels…
Meakin Armstrong: On The Friends of Eddie CoyleJuly 2009
Available again, is Robert Mitchum’s performance in The Friends of Eddie Coyle as an aging gunrunner forced by circumstances to snitch on his criminal “friends. ”
Guernica writer E.C. Osondu wins the ‘African Booker’July 2009
E.C. Osondu’s story in Guernica, Waiting, won the so-called African Booker—the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Meakin Armstrong: On EdistoJuly 2009
Padgett Powell’s Edisto, which takes place within sight of a beach, isn’t a difficult read—it’s propulsive and written with a light hand—but it’s also rife with all those harder topics that make the book worthwhile.
Meakin Armstrong: America’s War FeverFebruary 2007
“I don’t fuck much with the past, but I fuck plenty with the future”—Patti Smith
Meakin Armstrong: “Marching” Against the War in DC and NYCJanuary 2007
Then you march, which means that you promenade toward the capitol, then around its back, ending up where you’d started in the first place.
Meakin Armstrong: The War and the Word GamesJanuary 2007
Much of that Presidential power comes from proper use of words: “We have nothing to fear but ____ (finish the sentence).” “The buck stops ____” “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this ___.”
War and the Place for CivilityBy Meakin Armstrong
It’s time to stop the mindless praise of a mediocre man who blew a chance at greatness because he seemed to believe so strongly in civility and goodwill.