I've been active on a number of fronts lately, writing on music (including retrospective looks at albums by Wilco, Moby, and Lindsey Buckingham); introducing a new monthly column called "Read Only Memory" on memoirs and autobiographies; writing DVD reviews of The Wrestler and the re-release of The Friends of Eddie Coyle; and writing personal essays on a number of topics, including a tribute to my father called "My Father, In the Days Before His Death," and a brief essay about a city, a strange bird, and a childhood memory called "Nighthawks." Also, I posted a major article on the future of culture in a digitized age called "The Future Is An Empty Room" that was linked to and commented on by many of the leading literary sites in the U.S. and the U.K.
July 20, 2009
Please follow this link to read my review of Augusten Burroughs’ memoir, A Wolf At the Table, in my new column, Read Only Memory.
May 29, 2009
For all of the wonderful things it brings us, digital technology is, at the same time, emptying out our living spaces, our streetscapes, and our lives. Read why in my new article, "The Future Is An Empty Room."
April 15, 2009
"Poetry, Patience, and Rage": Click here for my new essay on how to build, and perhaps more to the point, how not to build, a career as a poet.
February 4, 2009
I have been named one of five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing, the Nona Balakian Citation.
January 29, 2009
Please follow this link to read my new review of ART: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary.
November 19, 2008
Please follow this link to read my informal essay on Tennesse Williams and his sister Rose, the real-life inspiration for The Glass Menagerie's Laura, on the group blog, When Falls the Coliseum.
August 20, 2008
Please follow this link to read my review on the PopMatters website of Man in the Dark, by Paul Auster.
August 4, 2008
The website NeglectedBooks.com recently featured a group of articles I originally wrote for Bookslut on “some unfairly neglected books of the past century that may not survive much longer in this one.” The site described the articles, which can be found here as “eloquent, personal, and insightful, and well worth savoring.”
Michael Antman is the author of the novel Cherry Whip (ENC Press, 2004), described by reviewers as “a terrific and fascinating character study,” “moving and sexy and funny in fresh ways,” “humane and warm,” “a great tragicomedy,” and “a marvelous novel.” Cherry Whip is currently in production as a feature film.
He is a staff writer and book reviewer for the leading online arts and culture magazine, PopMatters, also has written book reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and Bookslut, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He was one of five finalists for the NBCC's 2008 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. For Bookslut, he has written reviews of Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman; Patrick McGrath’s Ghost Town; and famed designer Chip Kidd’s collection of book covers, Chip Kidd: Book One. He also authored a monthly column, “Afterwords,” that reconsidered works by John Steinbeck, Loren Eiseley, Conrad Aiken, Thomas Savage, and Wallace Stegner.
For PopMatters, which has more than 1,000,000 unique visitors a month, his published and upcoming reviews consider, among others, recent novels by Annie Dillard, Alice Sebold, Kurt Andersen, Paul Theroux, Phillip Roth, Ethan Canin, Paul Auster and Annie Proulx. He also writes on DVDs and other topics for PopMatters.
His new non-fiction book, Searching for the Seagull Motel, is represented by Michele Rubin at Writers House, and he is working on a new novel, Adelaide, the second chapter of which was published in the online magazine The2ndHand. He also is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, and has written plays and screenplays.