Ross MacDonald is a contributing editor of VQR. He is the author of three children’s books: Bad Baby; Another Perfect Day; and Achoo, Bang, Crash: The Noisy Alphabet, each named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
Editor’s Note: Today, December 6, marks the feast of Saint Nicholas. In many parts of the world, this is the day that children get gifts—shoes are put out the night before to be filled with candy, fruit, and small toys. In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas—what Saint Nicholas is called—is accompanied by Black Pete, a man in [...]
I am trying to recall if, as a young urban American male, I had any choice in becoming attached to the singularly northamericano sport of football. It’s not like my local high schools were hotbeds of Friday-night-lights mania. The local Big Ten school, Northwestern, was traditionally a whipping boy for its conference adversaries—Dick Butkus’s Chicago [...]
It was late in my seventeenth year, as a junior in high school, that I experienced the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I recall the first few hours that the news was spreading because I think it was the only time that I shared the experience with other human beings. The rest of that weekend—and [...]
We rarely offer print-digital subscription bundles at VQR, but for a limited time, you can get a full year of both print and digital issues of VQR for only $40. This is the only time in 2013 we’ve made such an offer, and it won’t come again soon. Subscribe now as we begin to celebrate [...]
Back in the spring, VQR published an interesting article by Becky Tuch, “The Choice and Challenge of Being a Writer-Parent,” that raised an interesting premise but wasn’t terribly representative, as few of the writers quoted directly were actually parents, and only one was a male writer, inadvertently reinforcing cultural stereotypes around writing as a career [...]
Editor’s note: The following post is the third in a six-part series on living in New York, by Bill Hayes. Read the first post, Subway Lifer. ——— I met a fisherman on the 1 train not too long ago. It would have been hard to miss him even in a packed subway car. His two large [...]
A Prayer Journal. By Flannery O’Connor, edited by W. A. Sessions. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013. 112p. HB, $18. In the more than 600 pages of The Habit of Being, Flannery O’Connor’s collected correspondence, there is not one love letter. This is no great tragedy for the reader. What O’Connor left us in these letters—a [...]
Editor’s note: The following post is the second in a six-part series on living in New York, by Bill Hayes. Read the first post, Subway Lifer. ——— One evening last summer, I headed out to see a friend’s band at a bar in Brooklyn, not the kind of thing I’d normally do with work the [...]
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