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Book Review: The Accusation

Book Review: The Accusation

By Vince Granata   “We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” This, a familiar note in recent presidential refrains, came yesterday in an address to the U.N. During that speech, Trump also referred to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket man,” which, I […]

Visiting Writers’ Series: Richard Peabody of Gargoyle Magazine

Visiting Writers’ Series: Richard Peabody of Gargoyle Magazine

By Vince Granata   I’m not certain I’ve encountered a better description of a magazine than the following: Gargoyle has always been a scallywag magazine, a maverick magazine, a bit too academic for the underground and way too underground for the academics. Gargoyle Magazine, the […]

My Mother’s Books

My Mother’s Books

In keeping with my recent grammar–centric posts, this piece was initially going to be about long sentences. While researching a possible angle, I poured over celebrated sentences from Faulkner, Woolf, David Foster Wallace, sentences that span paragraphs, winding through all the light and dark spaces […]

It’s Not All Relative

It’s Not All Relative

Let’s talk about relative pronouns. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance. To review: our most common relative pronouns include who/whom, whoever/whomever, whose, that, and which. Aside: The that versus which distinction is not an issue that threatens our way of life. That said, […]

Comma Conundrum

Comma Conundrum

Surely, you’ve heard it all before. Heralded as a key mark for clarity, bemoaned as a pretentious rhythm breaking roadblock, the Oxford comma has sparked more eye-rolling debates than a piece of punctuation might deserve. To review, the Oxford comma (also called the serial comma, […]

I’m Appositive I Have A-Problem

I’m Appositive I Have A-Problem

  Everyone has a writing tick, a repetitious practice that can become like a written accent. At best, these idiosyncrasies establish distinct voice and compelling narrative style. At worst, a writing tick catches in the reader’s ear like the incessant “like” of an 80’s Valley […]

Looking Forward to AWP

Looking Forward to AWP

  The AWP Conference & Bookfair is upon us, and to say that the number of options is overwhelming would be an understatement. The editorial staff of Café has rounded up a few panels that we wouldn’t dream of missing, plus some other tips and tricks for […]

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

  If you’re needing book recommendations to beef up your winter break reading list, look no further. As 2016 comes to a close, the Cafe staff is striking a reflective pose. Each of us chose two of the best books we read this year: one that […]

Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Scholes Young

Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Scholes Young

  Melissa Scholes Young’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, Poet Lore, and other literary journals. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. and is a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellow. Her novel, Flood, is forthcoming from […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: James Hannaham

Visiting Writer’s Series: James Hannaham

  The 2016 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction recipient, James Hannaham, will be joining the AU Literature Department for a reading on Wednesday, November 9. Hannaham is a journalist, critic, and fiction writer, and is the author of God Says No. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, […]