Lee Konstantinou

Lee Konstantinou is associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He wrote the novel Pop Apocalypse (2009) and the literary history Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (2016). With Samuel Cohen, he co-edited The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (2012). He is currently completing a study of Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai.


William Gibson’s Breakfast Burrito

“The Peripheral is thus less interested in specifying two fully articulated hypothetical futures than in inviting us to reflect on our present-day imaginative relationship to the future …”...

Kingsley Amis’s SF Addiction

IT MAY SEEM strange that many of the best science fiction writers are also the genre’s best critics. After all, ...

Anti-Comprehension Pills

what may seem most revolutionary about Barthes’s essay is what it takes for granted: that there are readers at all for literary fiction...

Never Again, Again

Spiegelman has yet to recover from the trauma of his creation's success....

Hurricane Helen

Whereas DeWitt often talks about fiction as if it were a vehicle for presenting exciting ideas, the tendency of American culture is toward relaxation....

Unfinished Form

We best remember Wallace, a walking dead man in our psych ward of a world, by looking past his own personality to our fallen American condition....

Unfinished Form
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