Adam Gasser

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Hemingway as the Godfather of Long-Form

Ernest Hemingway was one of the great innovators in literary form. His apparent renunciation of stylistic flourishes—the absence of lyrical rhetoric, the spare sketching of context, the paring of narrative voice to short, stark strokes—was the style of no style, an aesthetic obsession so fanatical …

Literature

Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction

In 1968, Samuel Delany attended the third annual Nebula Awards, presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). At the ceremony that night, “an eminent member of the SFWA,” as Delany later put it, gave a speech about changes in science fiction, a supposed shift away from …

Science Fiction

New York City Skateboarders, on Tintype

In 2007, midway through her training as an art conservator, Melissa Cacciola found herself learning about tintype portraits. A nineteenth-century photographic process, popular especially during the Civil War, tintypes form on metal plates that have been treated with silver nitrate, ether, …

Skateboarding

Remembering James Salter, and His Commas

A memorial for James Salter was held late Tuesday afternoon on the Upper East Side, at a Unitarian church with an abstract cross in the stained glass above the pulpit. The place was full—and hot. Folding chairs had been set up along the side aisles for the overflow. There were eight speakers: …

Literature

Buckley, Vidal, and the “Queer” Question

“Best of Enemies,” opening in select theatres on July 31st after months on the festival circuit, is an entertaining documentary about the gladiatorial debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal that ABC News staged as a way of spicing up its coverage of the 1968 Presidential nominating …