August 23, 1992 |
Toward the end of William T. Vollmann's 1990 novel "The Ice-Shirt"--the first installment in his ambitious and far-reaching seven-part "symbolic history" of North America, "Seven Dreams"--a Micmac Indian chief named Carrying the War-Club picks up an iron ax left behind by a dead Norseman and, after turning the weapon viciously upon one of his tribal rivals, throws it into the sea. It's an odd moment, climactic even, and it resonates with the weight of premonition.
February 22, 2004 |
William T. Vollmann has driven his literary pickax into the American imagination. Prodigious, stunning and prolific in the sweep of his imagination and ambition, he has -- in little more than 15 years -- established an identifiable and compelling Vollmann universe.
August 1, 1993 |
Perhaps the appearance of yet another book by William T.
May 28, 1997
Winners of the PEN Center USA West 1997 Literary Awards Competition were announced Tuesday, honoring outstanding works published or produced in 1996 by writers living in the West. This year's winners are: Fiction: William T.
September 9, 2013 |
The FBI had its own notes on "dirty old man" Charles Bukowski. The writer was investigated by the agency as a civil servant with ties to the underground press -- and for being a self-described "dirty old man. " Recently National Book Award-winning author William T. Vollmann went public with his FBI surveillance, writing about his experiences of both being watched and reading the report. (At one point, as Vollmann writes in this month's Harpers , he was suspected of being the Unabomber.)
June 8, 2007
Re "The Great Exception," Opinion, June 3 While I don't desire to be an apologist of the current administration, as a pragmatist I must assert that William T. Vollmann's colorization of Americans hunkered down behind drawbridges is inaccurate. President Bush's policies have evidently prevented any follow-up 9/11s thus far. Go out to a restaurant or visit a ballpark on any day of the week and you will routinely find thousands of fellow un-hunkered U.S. citizens. Americans have not acted as we please because others wished to be like us, as Vollmann writes.
October 22, 2002 |
A little-known 32-year-old UC Berkeley graduate has been named fiction editor of the New Yorker, succeeding Bill Buford, a familiar presence on the literary scene. David Remnick, the magazine's editor, has announced that deputy fiction editor Deborah Treisman will begin her new post in January.
July 31, 2005 |
It's a summer when, between the massive new Harry Potter and John Irving's 800-plus-page opus, a trip to the beach with novel in tow might require some heavy lifting. The big books of summer are upon us. Big as in weighty -- we're talking poundage, not the latest pretender to the James Joyce crown. Scale in hand, we dropped into the Borders in Canoga Park to size up the season's fiction heavyweights. A cursory sample turned up these stats: John Irving, "Until I Find You" (Random House). 848 pp.