TheNervousBreakdown.com, which shares fiction, essays and poetry with more than 50,000 readers every month, is now offering book reviews
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 2010) – The Nervous Breakdown (TNB) has built a devoted following of over 50,000 unique readers per month since launching a brand new design with expanded content and functionality on November 15th, 2009.
Since then, the site has featured work and “self-interviews” by celebrated authors such as Stuart Dybek, Stephen Elliott, and Jami Attenberg, and by celebrities such as comedian Margaret Cho and radio personality Karith Foster.
Now, responding to the slaughter of innocent book review inches from newspapers and magazines across the country, TNB has partnered with reviewers Angela Stubbs, John Madera, Dika Lam and TNB’s own fiction editor Gina Frangella to introduce four new monthly review columns. The columns will feature a range of coverage for both new and under-reported books, as well as a look back at titles whose impact may be seen in the work of emerging talent.
Angela Stubbs is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in PopMatters, LitPark, The Collagist and Bookslut with work forthcoming from Area Sneaks and The Rumpus.
Angela’s column, “Between the Pen and Paper,” offers insightful perspective into primarily new titles. Her first column will consider work from dynamic and innovative houses such as Coffee House Press, McSweeney’s, and Open City, but will venture to include anything new that catches her attention.
John Madera’s reviews may be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Bookslut, The Collagist, DIAGRAM, Fiction Writers Review, The Millions, The Quarterly Conversation, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, New Pages and Open Letters Monthly.
John’s column, “A Reader’s Log(orrhea)”, invites readers along on his unique monthly journey through the literary landscape—a journey with stops along the way for everyone from greats like William Gass to the challenging authors of small presses like Tarpaulin Sky.
Dika Lam’s short fiction has been nominated for Canada’s Journey Prize and has appeared in numerous venues including Story, One Story, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999, This Is Not Chick Lit (Random House, 2006), and A Stranger Among Us (OV Books, 2008).
Dika’s column “Love and Squalor” is both a nod to Salinger’s story and a reminder of two crucial ingredients that often go missing from contemporary storytelling. It will include reviews of fiction with international settings, with a special emphasis on story collections, translations, and books that blur genres.
Finally, in “New to the Party,” TNB fiction editor Gina Frangello will focus on the vibrant, if unspoken, dialogue literature carries across generations. Gina will consider one recent novel or short story collection per month in more significant depth than is usually permitted in this era of shrinking reviews space, and will then make recommendations of (slightly or much) older titles that fall into a similar literary tradition and may appeal to the same readers.
Founded in 2006 by Los Angeles author Brad Listi (Attention. Deficit. Disorder.), The Nervous Breakdown offers fiction, nonfiction, essays and poetry from nearly 200 fresh voices worldwide.
Founding Editor: Brad Listi. Executive Editor: Jonathan Evison. Senior Editor: Greg Olear. Nonfiction Editors: Greg Boose & Erika Rae. Associate Nonfiction Editors: Zara Potts & J.M. Blaine. Fiction Editors: Gina Frangello & Stacy Bierlein. Associate Fiction Editors: Alexander Chee & Shya Scanlon. Poetry Editors: Rich Ferguson & Milo Martin. Associate Poetry Editors: Uche Ogbuji & Jennifer Duffield White. Arts & Culture Editors: Megan DiLullo & Rob Bloom. Associate Arts & Culture Editors: Kimberlee Auerbach & Simon Smithson.
Kari Johnson ‐ Publicist
Brad Listi – Founding Editor