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James Santel

James Santel's work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Believer,  and the Paris Review Daily. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.


  • Funambulism: An Interview with Colum McCann

    Colum McCann is appearing at a LiveTalksLA event at William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, June 18 at 8pm.) COLUM MCCANN'S CAREER of nearly 2 decades has demonstrated a fascination — an obsession, almost — with gaps: between continents, between eras, between ...

    • The Golden Age: On Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue”

      AMERICAN LITERATURE IS a literature of nostalgia, preoccupied, at least implicitly, with evaporated dreams and vanished Arcadias. It’s a fertile absorption, each generation of authors locating new sources of longing and disillusionment to call its own. Fenimore Cooper had his ...

      • You’re Not Alone

        Franzen can’t help but give voice to his despair, but neither does he give it the last word, choosing to place his faith in the ruggedness of comedy....