Stephan McCormick

Stephan McCormick lives in Los Angeles.
The Weather

Sweatpants Wedding: “Act” 2

Ten weeks ago, Sweatpants Wedding, the concept—not the future hit musical itself—first graced these pages. Eight weeks ago, we posted what some of us thought was Act 1. Two weeks ago, we discussed a forthcoming Act…

Books

Relative Weakness

The title of Zadie Smith’s new novel NW refers to North West London, an area encompassing the likes of both Regent’s Park and council estates, large projects of public housing from which the central characters of…

Books

Chaotic, Contradictory, and the Whole Truth

T.M. Wolf’s debut novel Sound (2012) is an early 21st century bildungsroman: Cincy Stiles has dropped out of graduate school, unable to finish his dissertation in philosophy because after semesters of trying, he can’t unify his moods,…

The Weather

The 101: Donguri

With a few weeks left on her visa, Kaoru Kobori drove to Los Angeles from Milledgeville, GA. This is her story of sorts, after she arrived. The poem featured in this podcast is “Donguri” by Kaneko…

Books

The Doing and Undoing of Philosophy

In A Treatise of Human Nature, Scottish philosopher David Hume remarked that “Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and…

Pop Culture

I Miss You, TAL TV

A few weeks ago in New Orleans I was having drinks with a couple Trop writers, talking about our common love for This American Life. I’ll speak for them when I say that we wish TAL…

Interviews

Jesse Ball

Through games, lies, and uncertain identities, Jesse Ball charts the give and take of competing realities. His writing feels architectural and theatrical, with narrative structures that could be drawn by an Etch A Sketch master: his…

The Weather

The 101: The Poetry Brothel

Trop sits down in Chicago with Lisa Marie Basile AKA Luna Liprari to chat about The Poetry Society of New York’s eccentric, popular, and only sometimes awkward poetry series known as The Poetry Brothel.   Listen to…