Big Loves: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho on José Emilio Pacheco’s Battles in the Desert

Today’s contributor to our Big Loves column is Antonio Ruiz-Camacho. Ruiz-Camacho’s collection of short stories Barefoot Dogs was recently published by Scribner. The linked stories, using exuberant and imaginative language, explore the fallout of a patriarch’s abduction in Mexico City, illuminated through the exile and displacement of his family. Here, Ruiz-Camacho shares his love for…

Big Loves: Andrew Allport on W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz

Today’s contributor to Big Loves is Andrew Allport. Andrew is the author of the book the body | of space | in the shape of the human (New Issues Press, 2012) and the chapbook The Ice Ship & Other Vessels (Proem Press, 2008). He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and lives in…

Big Loves: Trudy Lewis on Allegra Goodman’s Intuition

Today’s contributor to our Big Loves column is Trudy Lewis. Lewis is the author of the story collection The Bones of Garbo (Ohio State University Press, 2003) and the novel Private Correspondences (Northwestern University Press, 1994). Her latest novel, The Empire Rolls, will be published by Moon City Press on November 1st, 2014. When Virginia…

Big Loves: Lee Klein on Thomas Mann

Today’s contributor to our Big Loves column is Lee Klein. Lee has two books out this year, The Shimmering Go-Between: A Novel (Atticus Books, 2014) and Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejections Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox (Barrelhouse Books, 2014).   Asked to contribute something about an under-read novel or writer I love, I thought about Ken Dahl’s Monsters,…

Big Loves: Tyler McMahon Discusses Russell Banks

Today’s contributor to our Big Loves column is Tyler McMahon. Tyler has published two novels—How The Mistakes Were Made (St. Martin’s, 2011) and Kilometer 99, which releases today, June 17, 2014. Tyler is the editor of Hawaii Pacific Review and teaches in the English Department at Hawaii Pacific University. I saw Russell Banks speak at…

Big Loves: Andrew Ladd Discusses James Morrow

Today’s contributor to our Big Loves column is Andrew Ladd, the book reviews editor for the Ploughshares blog. His first novel, What Ends, won the AWP Prize in the Novel and is available now from New Issues Press. For many years, I had an instant answer when people asked me about my favorite book. For many more since,…

Firsts for the New Year

Because the New Year brings about a lot of fresh starts and new beginnings, we would like to celebrate some “firsts.” We asked our Memorious 21 contributors and new fiction editors to offer up a toast to some opening lines that they admire. Here’s what they had to say. ___________________________________________________ Memorious 21 contributor Joseph Wood chose…

Big Loves: Derrick Austin on James Merrill

Today’s contributor, Derrick Austin, was the winner of a Twitter Challenge to write for our Big Love column. Derrick Austin is a Colby Fellow and MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Michigan. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Knockout, Waccamaw, Crab Orchard Review, storySouth, and other journals. James Merrill I’m still…