Issue #14, 2000

What Men Think, What Men Write

The themes of the eleven essays collected in this issue are curious to consider and embrace a rich brew of topics. Although the themes of What Men Write, What Men Think significantly differ from those in our Emerging Women Writers II issue, what is worth noting about good narrative nonfiction is not so much what distinguishes the men writers from the women, but more what doesn't. The best of this work tells a story, defines character, provides (journalistic) information, allows for reflection and the establishment of a personal voice. In this issue, Orman Day relates his encounters with credit-card companies; Norman Farrell Jr. describes his transition to Japan and his fascination with plant life; J. David Stevens explores his mania for driving and storytelling; Robert Vivian ruminates about crows; and short-story writer Peter LaSalle freezes a moment in Manhattan.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR #46 Lee Gutkind ... read more
Not in the Cards Orman Day ... read more
The City at Three PM: An Essay on Writing Peter LaSalle
Void and Voice: Notes from Poland Kenneth Sherman
Traps Lee Martin ... read more
Misgivings C.K. Williams
I Haven't Been That Far, But I've Been to Norwood Charles Fanning
Cutting the Snow Gregory Martin
The Dark Hangnails of God Robert Vivian
Nyssa Sylvatica Norman Farrell, Jr.
Soul in a Bottle Madison Smartt Bell
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books


Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell is director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College. Master of the Crossroads, the second novel in... read more

Orman Day

Orman Day is a public-relations consultant and writer in Orange County, California. He has backpacked through 90 countries and is now... read more

Charles Fanning

Charles Fanning is the director of Irish studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, He is the author of many books and essays... read more

Norman Farrell, Jr.

Norm Farrell teaches conversational English in Tokyo. read more

Peter LaSalle

Peter LaSalle's latest book is a short story collection, "Hockey Sur Glace" (1996), and he has contributed fiction to Paris Review, "Best... read more

Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. His first book, "Mountain City," from... read more

Lee Martin

Lee Martin is author of the story collection, The Least You Need to Know, (Sarabande Books, 1996) winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in... read more

Kenneth Sherman

Kenneth Sherman was born and raised in Toronto. He has published several books of poetry, including "Clusters" and "Words for Elephant Man... read more

J. David Stevens

J. David Stevens received his Ph.D. in American literature from Emory University in Atlanta. His most recent work has appeared or is... read more

Robert Vivian

Robert Vivian is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska. Several of his plays have been produced in New York City. read more

C.K. Williams

C.K. Williams' "Flesh and Blood" (1987) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry; it and "The Vigil" (1997) were finalists for... read more