Selected Magazine and Op-Ed Essays

“Bibliophilia: Still No Cure in Sight,” New York Times, April 14, 1991. Read Read

“Fragile Guardians of Culture,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 12, 2004. Read Read

“A Bitter End for Hub Gem,” Boston Globe, Feb. 29. 2004. Read Read

“Honorable Death for a Rusty Warrior,” Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2004. Read Read

“Bibliophiles Inside the Wire,” Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2006. Read Read

“Iraq: The Cradle of the Written Word,” Christian Science Monitor, May 8, 2006. Read Read

“When We Said Goodbye to the USS Oriskany,” Christian Science Monitor, May 26, 2006. Read Read

“Famous Once Again,” Smithsonian, February 2007. Read Read

“The Bard Out Loud,” Bates Magazine, June 2007, reprinted from The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them (Gotham, 2006). Read Read

“The Paper Trail: Hand Papermaking in China,” Fine Books & Collections, March/April 2008. Read Read

“The Rules He Lived By: Honest Abe’s Book of Grammar,” Fine Books & Collections, January/February 2009. Read Read

“Paper Trail,” Fine Books & Collections, Autumn 2013. Read Read

“A Paperless Society? Not So Fast,” Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2013. Read Read

“Paper Trail,” Humanities, January/February 2014, Vol. 35, No. 1. Read Read

For twenty-one years, from 1978 to 1999, Nick wrote a weekly literary feature that typically involved a personal interview with a major author, which ran initially in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspapers, and for eight years after that distributed nationwide by Literary Features Syndicate. A number of these pieces have been gathered in two books, Editions & Impressions (2007) and About the Author (2010), published by Fine Books Press, and available for purchase elsewhere on this site. What follows is a selection of pieces that do not appear in either collection.

T. C. Boyle: “Making People Squirm” Read Read

James Carroll: I Couldn’t be Part of that Anymore; it Just Ended for Me Read Read

Oleg Cassini: My Job was to Dress Jacqueline Kennedy for the Leading Role Read Read

David Herbert Donald: “He came so much alive for me that I was haunted in my dreams.”

Margaret Drabble: “I Had Fun With This Book” Read Read

Hermione Lee: A Literary Figure of Continuing Fascination Read Read

Helen Vendler: Art Creates Its Own Relevance Read Read

John Updike: That’s the magic word-identification Read Read

Carol Shields: A Fascination for Mazes Read Read

Donald Hall: I want to write a beautiful thing that will last forever Read Read

Ellen Gilchrist: Menage a Quatre Read Read

Everett Fox: An Ancient Text Gets a Twentieth-Century Voice Read Read

Louise Erdrich: “It’s just this long flat road, and I’m on it for the long haul” Read Read