Category Archives: Fiction

Ben Lerner’s Oblique Elegy For John Ashbery

“I find the moments of beauty and possibility opening up in John Ashbery’s work inexhaustibly beautiful,” the fiction writer and poet Ben Lerner recently said in an interview.  This is certainly not surprising – Ashbery is a fixture in virtually … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara as a Liberating Force in Garth Greenwell’s “Cleanness”

Garth Greenwell’s new book of fiction, Cleanness, has been greeted with rave reviews over the past couple of weeks.  Narrated by a middle-aged American poet living and teaching in Sofia, Bulgaria, the book reflects Greenwell’s own background as a poet … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara, Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney – O’Hara’s Presence in Contemporary British and Irish Fiction

  Fiction writers from the UK and Ireland seem to be having a Frank O’Hara moment. I wrote about this trend a couple years ago, after noticing that the titles of two books by young British women — Emma Jane … Continue reading

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“Neon in Daylight” — New Novel Borrows Title from Frank O’Hara

Another day, another work of fiction borrowing a title from Frank O’Hara’s poetry.  I’ve noted examples of this phenomenon before — such as Andrew Sean Greer’s story “It’s a Summer’s Day,” Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel Animals, and Don DeLillo’s short story … Continue reading

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Andrew Sean Greer’s “It’s a Summer’s Day” and Echoes of Frank O’Hara

                        In this week’s New Yorker, there is a story by Andrew Sean Greer which quietly takes its title from a poem by Frank O’Hara.  Oddly enough, this isn’t … Continue reading

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Garth Risk Hallberg and the Formative Influence of Frank O’Hara and the New York School

The literary world has been abuzz recently over the publication of City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg’s massive new novel about New York City in the 1970s.  The 36-year old Hallberg received a jaw-dropping $2 million advance for the book (his first … Continue reading

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“I carried Ulysses with me for luck:” Frank O’Hara and James Joyce, on Bloomsday

      Soon after Frank O’Hara discovered James Joyce’s writing in high school, Joyce quickly became one of O’Hara’s heroes.  In his biography of O’Hara, City Poet, Brad Gooch details O’Hara’s early infatuation with Joyce, which carried through his teenage years, … Continue reading

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“A Thrashing, Generous Intelligence”: Eileen Myles’s Inferno chosen for Slate/Whiting Second Novel List

The poet Eileen Myles is, of course, also an accomplished writer of fiction, and her recent novel Inferno has just been named one of the five books on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.  In a glowing review of the book on Slate, Sasha Weiss … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara is Everywhere, Even the Title of Emma Jane Unsworth’s New Novel

Thanks entirely to the clout of Mad Men, the once-forgotten poet Frank O’Hara seems to be everywhere these days, no longer languishing in “the bottom drawer of cultural obscurity.”  (I’m just kidding — I don’t really think that!). Things have gotten so … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara and the other Don — DeLillo, not Draper

Frank O’Hara fans know all about the time Don Draper read some lines from the poem “Mayakovsky” on the television show Mad Men (thereby introducing O’Hara’s work to a much wider audience and legions of tweeters).  But apparently there’s another famous (and … Continue reading

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