Caleb Crain

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    American Literacy: Still Dead

    Presumably, I wasn't the only young writer yesterday to get a call from not just his mother but also his grandmother to the effect that American literacy had been saved, and thus I had a future, right? Etc. Mokoto Rich's piece in yesterday's New York Times reported on a new study from the National E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Slang in the Nation: Prostitutes Call Slow-to-Satisfaction Customers "Thirty-Threes"

    I have a bit of slang problem, as anyone who's ever talked to me and failed to understand anything I said knows. My favorite section of Roberto Bolaño's Savage Detectives may well be the nine pages of Latin poetic and Spanish prurient slang that lead off the book's final section. I was thrilled for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    John Fahey, Curmudgeonly Again in Harpers Magazine

    Local virtuoso writer Caleb Crain reprints a gem of an anecdote (otherwise hidden behind Harpers' subscriber walls) about the now-deceased virtuoso guitar player John Fahey. Fahey, American primitive par excellence, spent most of his life—from the early '70s till his death, in 2001—in the beache ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    Voice Choice: n 1's The Internet: We All Live There Now

    We’d like to think that we don’t actually live on the Internet—after all, there’s no such thing as an online shower . . . yet. But at this panel discussion titled The Internet: We All Live There Now, the editors behind literary magazine n 1 aim to show us exactly how connected, for better ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 3, 2008

    Web Sweet Web

    n + 1 ponders our online lives

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2004
  • News

    January 6, 2004

    Lingua Bancarupta

    Magazine Returns From the Grave, Suing