Don Delillo

Post-Sandy Disaster Fiction by Nick Abrahamson

It’s rather easy to be drawn to disaster fiction. Writers and poets task themselves with navigating and giving voice to our collective anxieties.  They at once offer clarity and comfort. It’s fiction as cultural critic, as social worker for the collective psyche.  It’s interpreter of events and also a proscription of remedies.  It’s a balance, too.

Nick's 2012 Picks

1.      Underworld by Don Delillo

The PoMo Historical by Nick Abrahamson

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Postmodern seems to be one of those words academics love to throw around, while others might see the term at best as nebulous or at worst intimidating.  Like the prefix ‘meta-’, or perhaps an art movement, it can mean many things simultaneously: postmodernism has its hallmarks, some elements that reappear across works within the tradition.  But it doesn’t have to be scary.  Think of Post-rock, also a very vague term for a music genre that is mostly defined by long instrumentals.  This can refer to movements of Bach-ian complexities.  Or a cinematic band such as Explosions in the Sky that s