Archive - Non-Fiction

2007

November 11, 2007
Mary Gaitskill, 21 Mention Mary Gaitskill , and people start thinking about sex. Until her 2005 novel Veronica , Gaitskill was perhaps best known for her short story "Secretary," about a girl, her... ›› read more
November 11, 2007
From the Philadelphia suburbs of his childhood to adolescence in the jazz haze of 1950s Paris to New York City, Steve Geng gained fame on the streets as "Record Steve." While he was mastering the art... ›› read more
November 11, 2007
From the Philadelphia suburbs of his childhood to adolescence in the jazz haze of 1950s Paris to New York City, Steve Geng gained fame on the streets as "Record Steve." While he was mastering the art... ›› read more
November 11, 2007
These are the notes that I took in preparation for, and during, the Brooklyn Book Festival's National Book Critics Circle Panel, which took place in the lecture hall of the Brooklyn Historical... ›› read more

2008

February 2, 2008
Steve Erickson 's many novels ( Days Between Stations , Rubicon Beach , Tours of the Black Clock , Arc d'X , Amnesiascope , The Sea Came in at Midnight , Our Ecstatic Days ) read as if written for... ›› read more
February 2, 2008
Translated by Anna K. Andrade HALF PIPE, Luiz Roque Filho. Video Intervention , Centro Administrativo Fernando Ferrari . Porto Alegre. BRACNER Important Book: Arabian Nights (2005 Portuguese... ›› read more
May 5, 2008
It was the hottest day in New York in over fifty years and the legendary Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, seemed right at home in the heat. His slight accent, ease and... ›› read more
May 5, 2008
It was the hottest day in New York in over fifty years and the legendary Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, seemed right at home in the heat. His slight accent, ease and... ›› read more
May 5, 2008
I met Jhumpa Lahiri when she read from her novel, The Namesake , at KGB Bar as part of the Sunday Night Fiction Series along with Susan Choi (author of American Woman ). Jhumpa arrived carrying her... ›› read more
June 6, 2008
By Aaron Hamburger Depending on your point of view, Tel Aviv-based writer Etgar Keret is a charming prankster or a spoiled brat. To his legions of avid fans, Keret's wry, frank, and often surreal... ›› read more
June 6, 2008
The highly anticipated second album from We Are Scientists , Brain Thrust Mastery , hit the shelves in the United States in mid-May after being available in the U.K and Europe since early spring. The... ›› read more
June 6, 2008
The highly anticipated second album from We Are Scientists , Brain Thrust Mastery , hit the shelves in the United States in mid-May after being available in the U.K and Europe since early spring. The... ›› read more
June 6, 2008
Kristin Pulkkinen, Publicity Director, Luke Gerwe, Assistant Managing Editor, and Richard Nash: (Photo by Susan Chi)On the eighth floor of 55 Washington Street in DUMBO, Richard Eoin Nash, Publisher... ›› read more
June 6, 2008
Kristin Pulkkinen, Publicity Director, Luke Gerwe, Assistant Managing Editor, and Richard Nash: (Photo by Susan Chi)On the eighth floor of 55 Washington Street in DUMBO, Richard Eoin Nash, Publisher... ›› read more
June 6, 2008
When I spoke with Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians of Melville House Press at their Hoboken office on the “Left Bank” as they fondly called it, in 2007, they had just won the Mariam Bass Award... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Olena Jennings Martin Riker is the assistant director of Dalkey Archive Press. He and I met on an August night after a reading at the KGB Bar—I drank a Baltika while Riker spoke about his... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Michael Liss Jay Ryan has risen as one of underground poster art's most prolific and talented artists. His hand-drawn, silkscreen posters have announced Chicago's top concerts for the past decade... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Suzanne Dottino It was the hottest day in New York in over fifty years and the legendary Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, seemed right at home in the heat. His slight... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Olena Jennings Martin Riker is the assistant director of Dalkey Archive Press. He and I met on an August night after a reading at the KGB Bar—I drank a Baltika while Riker spoke about his... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Michael Liss Jay Ryan has risen as one of underground poster art's most prolific and talented artists. His hand-drawn, silkscreen posters have announced Chicago's top concerts for the past decade... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Suzanne Dottino It was the hottest day in New York in over fifty years and the legendary Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic, seemed right at home in the heat. His slight... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
Interview by Suzanne Dottino I met Jhumpa Lahiri when she read from her novel, The Namesake , at KGB Bar as part of the Sunday Night Fiction Series along with Susan Choi (author of American Woman )... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by John Haskell I recently went to the show at the Noguchi Museum called "Best of Friends," an exhibition chronicling the collaborations between Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, and what struck... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Mary Phillips-Sandy For more than fifty years a synagogue has stood at the northeast corner of West End Avenue and West 100th Street in Manhattan. The synagogue is called Congregation Ansche... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Cheryl Burke Full disclosure: I have known Janice Erlbaum for over a decade. I first met her in the mid-nineties while she was performing with the all-female poetry group The Pussy Poets. One of... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
Interview by Suzanne Dottino I met Jhumpa Lahiri when she read from her novel, The Namesake , at KGB Bar as part of the Sunday Night Fiction Series along with Susan Choi (author of American Woman )... ›› read more
July 7, 2008
by Mary Phillips-Sandy For more than fifty years a synagogue has stood at the northeast corner of West End Avenue and West 100th Street in Manhattan. The synagogue is called Congregation Ansche... ›› read more
August 8, 2008
Not a Sunday night goes by when I don't think of Ken Foster. As I stand behind the duct-taped podium wedged in the corner of the KGB Bar, just as I am about to introduce the authors, I think: Would... ›› read more
August 8, 2008
Not a Sunday night goes by when I don't think of Ken Foster. As I stand behind the duct-taped podium wedged in the corner of the KGB Bar, just as I am about to introduce the authors, I think: Would... ›› read more
September 9, 2008
Steve Erickson 's many novels ( Days Between Stations , Rubicon Beach , Tours of the Black Clock , Arc d'X , Amnesiascope , The Sea Came in at Midnight , Our Ecstatic Days ) read as if written for... ›› read more
September 9, 2008
These are the notes that I took in preparation for, and during, the Brooklyn Book Festival's National Book Critics Circle Panel, which took place in the lecture hall of the Brooklyn Historical... ›› read more

2011

January 1, 2011
“The serious answers to serious questions are in my books,” Jáchym Topol, the noted Czech writer, tells the audience at Manchester's annual literature festival, where he is giving a reading from... ›› read more
February 2, 2011
Perhaps it's ironic. The morning I'm to drive out to Long Island and meet with Carl Safina, one of the leading voices sounding the alarm on global warming, I'm stranded by snow. An inspired storm the... ›› read more
February 2, 2011
The world is dying. With avatars replacing humans and the birth rate non-existent, the human race is almost extinct. In the end, it comes down to .... Jeff Somers. Actually, you'll have to read Jeff'... ›› read more
February 2, 2011
Perhaps it's ironic. The morning I'm to drive out to Long Island and meet with Carl Safina, one of the leading voices sounding the alarm on global warming, I'm stranded by snow. An inspired storm the... ›› read more
April 4, 2011
I met Sean Ferrell ( www.byseanferrell.com ), author of Numb (Harper Perennial) at Old Town Bar on Eighteenth Street in Manhattan on a rainy Friday evening. It was noisy and crowded, though the... ›› read more
May 5, 2011
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” ~PlatoWhile we didn't have a chance to meet up with Plato (can't even find him on Facebook!), KGB was able to track down a true renascence man, Kevin... ›› read more
May 5, 2011
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” ~PlatoWhile we didn't have a chance to meet up with Plato (can't even find him on Facebook!), KGB was able to track down a true renascence man, Kevin... ›› read more
May 5, 2011
If you did not grow up just like Seamus O'Grady- the self-immersed, angry and ultimately lovable hero of Kyle Smith's novel 85A- then you must have known someone who did. He is the kid that everybody... ›› read more
June 6, 2011
Roy Kesey, author of Nothing in the World , All Over , and Pacazo , was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for KGB Bar Lit. KGB : Prior to publishing your novel, Pacazo, you'd... ›› read more
September 9, 2011
KGB sat down with Howard Kogan, a social worker and psychoanalyst, who is directing his energies of late on poetry and creative writing. His new book of poems, Indian Summer , recently released by... ›› read more
September 9, 2011
KGB sat down with Howard Kogan, a social worker and psychoanalyst, who is directing his energies of late on poetry and creative writing. His new book of poems, Indian Summer , recently released by... ›› read more
October 10, 2011
Douglas Light is rolling, and not just on his Triumph. His first novel, East Fifth Bliss , a coming of age story about a man (Morris Bliss) who should have come of age years ago, has been made into... ›› read more
October 10, 2011
Douglas Light is rolling, and not just on his Triumph. His first novel, East Fifth Bliss , a coming of age story about a man (Morris Bliss) who should have come of age years ago, has been made into... ›› read more
November 11, 2011
I am always interested in the distinctive characteristics of people native to American cities, especially on the East Coast, where metropolises such as Boston and New York, only a soft drink and... ›› read more

2012

January 1, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to connect with Dan North, a man who is a natural paragon for environmentalists, as well as being an accomplished writer and published author. Dan's new book, The Slow... ›› read more
June 6, 2012
To borrow a baseball phrase (the season is upon us, you know, and the Yankees AND the Mets are winning!) Jill Dearman is the “triple threat” of the literary world – acclaimed author, innovative... ›› read more
July 7, 2012
Richard C. Morais, author of the international bestseller The Hundred-Foot Journey, is the Editor of Barron's Penta in New York. An American raised in Switzerland, he was Forbes's European Bureau... ›› read more
July 7, 2012
Richard C. Morais, author of the international bestseller The Hundred-Foot Journey, is the Editor of Barron's Penta in New York. An American raised in Switzerland, he was Forbes's European Bureau... ›› read more

2013

February 2, 2013
Jesse Prinz, Philosopher Extraordinaire, cognitive scientist and aesthetician, is currently a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His most recent book is Beyond Human... ›› read more
February 2, 2013
Last October, City Lights Books published Don Bajema's collection of 46 stories, Winged Shoes and a Shield. These luminous, closely-connected stories follow the coming of age of Eddie Burnett, who... ›› read more
April 4, 2013
Ken Kalfus's last novel, the National Book Award-nominated A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, opens with a husband and wife on 9/11, each wondering about the other's fate. You might have heard that... ›› read more
May 5, 2013
Once upon a time, Lynne Thompson asked herself, “What is missing from my life?” The answer was poetry. Sixteen years later, she is truly a working poet. Ms. Thompson is the author of two full-length... ›› read more
May 5, 2013
It is one of my great pleasures to have the opportunity to meet and work with many talented writers. One is Diane Spodarek, a rocking rennoseance woman who is working on an eclectic new book, The... ›› read more
May 5, 2013
It is one of my great pleasures to meet and work with many talented writers. One is Diane Spodarek (pictured here), a rocking writer who is working on an eclectic new book, The Drunk Monologues. She... ›› read more
May 5, 2013
It is one of my great pleasures to meet and work with many talented writers. One is Diane Spodarek (pictured here), a rocking writer who is working on an eclectic new book, The Drunk Monologues. She... ›› read more
September 9, 2013
KGBBAR.LIT appreciates writers who not only are devoted to their craft, but also to helping others succeed in this often isolating and difficult business. Such is the case with Bonnie Ditlevsen, a... ›› read more
September 9, 2013
KGBBAR.LIT appreciates writers who not only are devoted to their craft, but also to helping others succeed in this often isolating and difficult business. Such is the case with Bonnie Ditlevsen, a... ›› read more
September 9, 2013
KGBBAR.LIT appreciates writers who not only are devoted to their craft, but also to helping others succeed in this often isolating and difficult business. Such is the case with Bonnie Ditlevsen, a... ›› read more
September 9, 2013
At 27, I bought a one-way ticket to India. I had no idea what I'd do when I landed, but in the past my most rewarding experiences came when I let intuition be my guide. So, I traveled without an... ›› read more
September 9, 2013
At 27, I bought a one-way ticket to India. I had no idea what I'd do when I landed, but in the past my most rewarding experiences came when I let intuition be my guide. So, I traveled without an... ›› read more
September 9, 2013
An occasional look into pivotal moments in writers' lives. "The spaces I have been privy to are phenomenally unusual." Based upon my conversation with poet Nomi Stone, I agree with her assessment of... ›› read more
November 11, 2013
Adam Berlin is the literary equivalent of the boxer who relishes the craft, the pugilist who respects the “sweet science” to such a degree that he willingly pays his dues, is patient to wait his turn... ›› read more
November 11, 2013
Adam Berlin is the literary equivalent of the boxer who relishes the craft, the pugilist who respects the “sweet science” to such a degree that he willingly pays his dues, is patient to wait his turn... ›› read more
November 11, 2013
In the literary universe, I find that poets are usually the most humble of writers, with subtle, dry wits, an admirable penchant for solitude, and a dogged dedication to their craft. They are the... ›› read more
November 11, 2013
In the literary universe, I find that poets are usually the most humble of writers, with subtle, dry wits, an admirable penchant for solitude, and a dogged dedication to their craft. They are the... ›› read more
November 11, 2013
Jennifer Militello is the author of three collections of poetry: Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), Flinch of Song (Tupelo Press, 2009), winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and the... ›› read more
November 11, 2013
My version of the ideal writing life includes: months-long stretches in a cottage on Cape Cod Bay; manuscripts completed without interruption by toilet overflows, grocery shopping, or piles of rank... ›› read more

2014

April 4, 2014
It is always inspiring to meet writers who are as interested in helping others craft, publish and promote their prose or poetry as they are their own. Anne James is such an individual, sharing her... ›› read more
April 4, 2014
It is always inspiring to meet writers who are as interested in helping others craft, publish and promote their prose or poetry as they are their own. Anne James is such an individual, sharing her... ›› read more
April 4, 2014
Chris Ross beat the odds: he escaped Indiana. But he didn't stop there. He went on to study writing at the City College of New York, where he earned his Master's Degree. Born & Raised, his first... ›› read more
April 4, 2014
Chris Ross beat the odds: he escaped Indiana. But he didn't stop there. He went on to study writing at the City College of New York, where he earned his Master's Degree. Born & Raised, his first... ›› read more
May 5, 2014
"The art of good business is being a good middleman." So it is said (often) in the underrated movie Layer Cake , starring Daniel Craig, in a role, dare I say, that is much cooler than his more famous... ›› read more
June 6, 2014
One writer + One focus = One storyAn occasional look into pivotal moments in writers' lives. Writing is, in many ways, translating. Author and translator David Unger sees the connection in that both... ›› read more
September 9, 2014
It's the end of the world and Ben H. Winters feels fine. The best-selling author has just released World of Trouble , the final book in his critically-acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, which... ›› read more
September 9, 2014
One of my favorite recent reads was Iris Has Free Time , by Iris Smyles. Eclectic, funny, fast-paced and also reflective, there was something on every page I liked and found memorable. I am not alone... ›› read more
September 9, 2014
One of my favorite recent reads was Iris Has Free Time , by Iris Smyles. Eclectic, funny, fast-paced and also reflective, there was something on every page I liked and found memorable. I am not alone... ›› read more
September 9, 2014
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with poet/filmmaker Marc Olmsted (photo left). In our interview we spoke about Marc's influences, his films, "The Count" and others, as well as filmmaker... ›› read more
November 11, 2014
After reading Lorna Owen's book Mouse Muse , you will think twice before setting out mousetraps, sprinkling poison pellets or calling the exterminator to solve your mouse problem. That squeaky... ›› read more

2015

January 1, 2015
Shane Lindemoen is boldly going in the direction of great Sci-Fi authors before him. Blessed with the talent and the work ethic to create freshly-imagined worlds, time-twisting plots, and fantastical... ›› read more
January 1, 2015
Shane Lindemoen is boldly going in the direction of great Sci-Fi authors before him. Blessed with the talent and the work ethic to create freshly-imagined worlds, time-twisting plots, and fantastical... ›› read more
February 2, 2015
Nietzsche, Clones, “A Guide to the Cinema Tarot,” oh my! Like Oz, there is something mysterious, a little frightening, and wondrous about the realm of Elaine Equi. In Click and Clone, her latest... ›› read more