Tag: Meakin Armstrong

We Can Try to Be Human

August 2015

The Israeli author on the dramatic family histories that fuel his work and the broken promises of his homeland.

Meakin Armstrong: Love’s Not Bulletproof

June 2015

A white Charlestonian says the recent shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. church is the inevitable outcome of white privilege.

The People’s Pervert

June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: The filmmaker and artist on the evolution of bad taste.

Editors’ Picks: September Recommended Reading

September 2012

Our editors highlight some worthy books to start off the fall.


September 2011

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 Dream

February 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 Either

By Meakin Armstrong
September 2010

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 Guernica

July 2010

“Call me the Great Rejector. But don't take the rejection personally.”

Meakin Armstrong: On Stupidity and The Encyclopedia of Stupidity

June 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 Blowhard

May 2010

Samuel Fuller had a pulp-fiction mindset and the former tabloid-reporter's tendency to think in screaming headlines.

Rec Room: Meakin Armstrong: Jellyfish

May 2010

This film is melancholic, but still in love with the world and its magic.

Meakin Armstrong: On Mating

April 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 Country

April 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 Here

March 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-Media

March 2010

Orson Welles, the true king of all-media.

Meakin Armstrong: On Extras

February 2010

Cringe comedy as only the British can do it.

Meakin Armstrong: On Harpo Speaks! and My Wicked Wicked Ways

January 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 Key

January 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 Erickson

December 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 March

November 2009

“Since graduating school, no book has impressed me as much as Augie March.”

Emil Cioran, Aphorist, “Nazist,” and Hero of the Bed

November 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 Berg

October 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 Dictionary

October 2009

This book is a weapon. It will teach you how to think.

Meakin Armstrong: On the Dying Print Journals

October 2009

On the gradual extinction of print journals.

Staff Pick: Meakin Armstrong

September 2009 Unleash your inner comic book geek and escape to the action-packed world of Zot!

Staff Pick: Meakin Armstrong

September 2009 Let Meakin reintroduce you to the screwball comedy!

Meakin Armstrong: On A Disobedient Girl

August 2009

Set in Sri Lanka, A Disobedient Girl is heart-wrenching and jubilant.

Staff Pick: Meakin Armstrong

August 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 Coyle

July 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 Edisto

July 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 Fever

February 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 NYC

January 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 Games

January 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 Civility

By Meakin Armstrong
December 2006

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.