John P. Loonam

John P. Loonam

John P. Loonam has a Ph.D. in American literature from the City University of New York and taught English in New York City public schools for over 35 years. He has published fiction in various journals and anthologies, and his short plays have been featured by the Mottola Theater Project several times. He is married and the father of two sons; the four have lived in Brooklyn long enough to be considered natives by anyone but his neighbors.


37 entries by John P. Loonam

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The Voices of Reason

Teaching Twain — and teaching students to speak for themselves.

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Dixon, Descending: A Novel

It’s man vs. Everest in this evocative, implausible tale.

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Soul Mates of the Lost Generation

Lovers are thwarted by the conventions of their era.

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An Interview with Steve Zeitlin

The poet talks tragedy, Holocaust jokes, and the power of humor to help us endure.

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Brooklyn Crime Novel

By Jonathan Lethem

Brooklyn Crime Novel

Neighborhood kids weather the grittier parts of gentrification.

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Ravage & Son: A Novel

By Jerome Charyn

Ravage & Son: A Novel

Early-1900s Manhattan comes alive in this teeming, overstuffed tale.

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An Interview with Charles Foran

The Canadian talks bears, the magic of heights, and the freckles on his late father’s forearms.

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Close to Home: A Novel

By Michael Magee

Close to Home: A Novel

Young adults in a broken West Belfast try to move past the Troubles.

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Once Upon a Prime: The Wondrous Connections Between Mathematics and Literature

A fascinating look at what stories and sums have in common.

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All of Us Together in the End

By Matthew Vollmer

All of Us Together in the End

A witty, poignant memoir about the importance of family.

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In Memoriam: A Novel

By Alice Winn

In Memoriam: A Novel

Young men grapple with carnage — and forbidden love — in the trenches of WWI.

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Chilean Poet

By Alejandro Zambra; translated by Megan McDowell

Chilean Poet

A spirited, witty story of family, love, and the lyrical life.

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An Interview with Alvin Eng

The playwright/performer talks punk rock, Toisanese Sicilians, and the importance of humor.

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How to Live. What to Do.

By Josh Cohen

How to Live. What to Do.

The great books have long been lighting the way.

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Soul Mates of the Lost Generation: The Letters of John Dos Passos and Crystal Ross

Lovers are thwarted by the conventions of their era.

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An Interview with Martha Anne Toll

The debut novelist talks ballet, the Holocaust, and leaving JFK on the cutting-room floor.

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An Interview with Frederic Tuten

The writer/artist talks Tintin, the House of Fiction, and the endless appeal of cats.

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The Martins: A Novel

By David Foenkinos; translated by Sam Taylor

The Martins: A Novel

This witty work of autofiction proves you don’t always need a plot.

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Before Central Park

By Sara Cedar Miller

Before Central Park

Unpacking the origins of Manhattan’s seminal space.

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An Interview with Diana Goetsch

The poet talks language, being trans, and her longtime friendship with William Zinsser.

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The Artful Dickens

By John Mullan

The Artful Dickens

An entertaining, close examination of how the iconic 19th-century author plied his trade.

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An Interview with Michele Herman

The debut novelist talks 9/11, Greenwich Village, and the pain of (fictionally) destroying landmarks.

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Chilean Poet: A Novel

By Alejandro Zambra; translated by Megan McDowell

Chilean Poet: A Novel

A spirited, witty story of family, love, and the lyrical life.

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An Interview with Eugene Lim

The novelist talks grief, autobiographical interludes, and the challenges faced by Asian American artists.

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The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University

A compelling account of what the Founding Father felt learning should look like.

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An Interview with Frank Haberle

The debut novelist talks low-wage jobs, naming characters, and the role of humor in a grim world.

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The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist

An entertaining, close examination of how the iconic 19th-century author plied his trade.

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Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood

How an antebellum Creole aid society helped shape New Orleans.

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Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature

Might the true impact of canonical writing come from its effects on the human brain?

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Writing the Virus: New Work from StatORec Magazine

Edited by Andrea Scrima and David Dario Winner

Writing the Virus: New Work from StatORec Magazine

Though chronicling a pandemic, this anthology’s overarching message is one of hope.

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea

By Richard J. King

Ahab’s Rolling Sea

A fascinating, timely exploration of Melville's (and our) watery world.

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Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education

An in-depth, apolitical look at a new way of doing education.

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick

A fascinating, timely exploration of Melville's (and our) watery world.