May 5, 2009
From Cypress College, CA’s Divergence magazine comes Edward Derbes’ long look at the Nelson Algren centennial, and at Seven Stories Press’s attempt to keep the spirit—and the words—of Nelson Algren alive in American literature.
“Thanks for caring about Algren,” [Dan] Simon said before hanging up the phone… I don’t think it’s about wanting people to read Algren; it’s about needing them to. Read an Algren book. Then, walk around Skid Row and try to look away from those desolate eyes staring back; or, try to watch any war on TV and remain unaffected; just try to ignore that dope-sick junkie nodding on the corner. You won’t be able to. Because you won’t be disconnected from them; you’ll be one of them. —from the article