Multiple Authors
June 3rd, 2014 | 8:00am


David Breslin is a Curator and Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, and a writer of nonfiction on art, feminism and language-based practices. His essay, “Plugs: Five Thoughts on Cady Noland’s Stocks,” was published in Issue No. 07 of The Common. Marni Berger spoke with Breslin at a coffee shop off Washington Square Park in New York City, where they discussed the American art world, how to handle painful subjects, and finding the ideal writing space.


reviewed by NICOLE TRESKA
June 2nd, 2014 | 9:36am

In All Our Names, the Ethiopian-born novelist Dinaw Mengestu tells the story of two Isaacs and a Helen living, loving, and leaving each other—apparently in the 1970s. The story, which takes place in both Uganda, and a generic Midwestern U.S. town called Laurel, is narrated partly by Isaac, whose real name isn’t really Isaac (he is also called Langston, Professor, and Dickens at different times and by different people), and partly by Helen, the American social worker assigned to him after he comes to the U.S. to study at university.

Multiple Authors
May 30th, 2014 | 8:00am

In anticipation of The Common's Amherst College Alumni Holiday and Reunion event on Saturday, May 31, today we publish the work of the four poet panelists: Rafael Campo, Tess Taylor, Brian Simoneau, and Rachel Nelson. Join us in Amherst tomorrow for live readings and conversation!

May 28th, 2014 | 8:00am

We saw them first from a small knoll among the massive spruces and the cedars. They darkened the water of the creek, turning it reddish black and opaque where it widened and slowed among the rocks. "Are those all fish?" I said.

May 27th, 2014 | 8:00am

I spend an hour opening envelopes every day in the basement of the American Library Association.  Past the freight elevator and the official mailroom with its mechanized sorting machines is a room that looks like a cage because of the metal fencing that covers its entrance from floor to ceiling.