Michael Schaub http://publicradioeast.org en When Love Is 'In The House' http://publicradioeast.org/post/when-love-house "Love is not all," warned the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. "It is not meat nor drink / Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain." She was right, of course, but if there were ever any advice destined to fall on stubbornly deaf ears, this is it. Love is not all, but it always feels like it is, whether you're happily partnered or bereft.<p>That's also why it's a notoriously difficult subject for writers, though god knows it hasn't stopped them from trying, with very mixed results. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 16871 at http://publicradioeast.org When Love Is 'In The House' Sons, Guns And The Sins Of The Father In Meyer's Texas Epic http://publicradioeast.org/post/sons-guns-and-sins-father-meyers-texas-epic "Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today," wrote Edna Ferber, author of the iconic Lone Star State novel <em>Giant</em>. Tue, 28 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 15021 at http://publicradioeast.org Sons, Guns And The Sins Of The Father In Meyer's Texas Epic Echoes Of Orwell In 'The Office Of Mercy' http://publicradioeast.org/post/echoes-orwell-office-mercy It was no less than the master of dystopian fiction, George Orwell, who noted in a 1946 essay that "political language has to consist largely of euphemism. ... Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:31:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 8100 at http://publicradioeast.org Echoes Of Orwell In 'The Office Of Mercy' 'Vampires' Isn't Sparkly — It's Magnificent http://publicradioeast.org/post/vampires-isnt-sparkly-its-magnificent There's a popular misconception that literary fiction is supposed to be staid, boring, realistic to a fault. Like all stereotypes, it's deeply unfair, but it endures, perhaps because readers keep having traumatic flashbacks to novels, like <em>Sister Carrie</em>, that they were forced to read in high school.<p>But in her new short story collection, <em>Vampires in the Lemon Grove</em>, it takes Karen Russell only a few pages to put the lie to that idea. The book opens with the title story, the tale of an aging vampire couple falling out of love with each other. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 7087 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Vampires' Isn't Sparkly — It's Magnificent Here's To The Pleasures Of 'Drinking With Men' http://publicradioeast.org/post/heres-pleasures-drinking-men "More than anywhere else," writes Rosie Schaap, "bars are where I've figured out how to relate to others and how to be myself." It's the same for a lot of us, though many won't admit it. Americans tend to have a weirdly puritanical view of drinking, and a lot of people see bars as nothing more than havens for lowlifes and alcoholics. But as Schaap points out in her new memoir, they're missing out. "You can drink at home. But a good bar? ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 5554 at http://publicradioeast.org Here's To The Pleasures Of 'Drinking With Men' Assaying The Legacy Of 'The Big Screen' http://publicradioeast.org/post/assaying-legacy-big-screen "The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie," admits Binx Bolling, the hero of Walker Percy's 1961 novel <em>The Moviegoer</em>. It's the same for a lot of us — cinema affects us in ways we don't always understand, and even the worst films appeal to our nostalgia and sense memories in manners that defy the normal rules of taste and logic. (Currently, on my DVR: <em>La Dolce Vita</em>, a classic I know I <em>should</em> see at some point, and <em>Gymkata</em>, a truly terrible 1985 martial-arts flick I've watched a dozen times. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 3949 at http://publicradioeast.org Assaying The Legacy Of 'The Big Screen' Page And Screen Make Peace In 'Mr. Penumbra' http://publicradioeast.org/post/page-and-screen-make-peace-mr-penumbra It's been five years since the Amazon Kindle started one of the most enduring literary controversies of recent times: the fight between e-books and printed books. If you're a devoted reader, you're probably already sick of the back and forth between the excitable technophiles and the stubborn Luddites. The proponents of e-books rave about the unexplored avenues, the hypertext, the entire world of literature accessible with just one click. The rest of us — well, we like the way books feel and smell, OK? It might seem sentimental, but that's falling in love for you. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 2801 at http://publicradioeast.org Page And Screen Make Peace In 'Mr. Penumbra' 'May We Be Forgiven' Blames The Online World http://publicradioeast.org/post/may-we-be-forgiven-blames-online-world "I am guilty," admits Harold Silver, the protagonist of A.M. Homes' new novel, <em>May We Be Forgiven</em>. "I am guilty of even more than I realized I could be guilty of."<p>In 2012, it's an extraordinary statement. Two generations have passed since <em>I'm OK, You're OK</em> went from pop-psychology book title to a national feel-good catchphrase, and self-help books have convinced Americans that high self-esteem is a more noble trait than altruism and moral good. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 2365 at http://publicradioeast.org 'May We Be Forgiven' Blames The Online World