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…

Books

Called to Terror

I picked up Amanda Coe’s debut novel, What They Do In The Dark, not because I had heard of it (which I hadn’t) or because it was propped up on the bookseller’s “staff picks” shelf (which it was),…

Letters to Jake

Triangle

Hey Jake It looks like it’s time to take matters into my own hands. Yes, I understand that you have priorities to balance. And yes, I understand that you can’t introduce me to Sarah at the…

The Weather

Migrate!

Since moving to LA last fall and becoming one with the highways, on their shoulders I have seen a dead skunk, at least a couple dead possums and something I think was, at one time, a dog. But…

The Weather

The General

The past few months here in Milledgeville, Georgia, have been unseasonably warm, even for this part of the world. I’ve noticed two immediate results. One is a bumper crop of enormous flying German cockroaches (“palmetto bugs”)…

The Weather

Microclimates

My dad just served me a weather post, in the most improbable way. We’d just woken up and were sitting at my kitchen table, in my fifth-floor walk-up, looking out my window over the flats of central…

Books

Spanish Stroll

A week ago, Ben Lerner won the Believer Book Award for his debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, beating out fellow Trop-approved author Jesse Ball. Ostensibly, Leaving the Atocha Station is a curious choice. It spurns…

Letters from the Editors

State of Trop

Dear Readers, Today ends Trop’s first week of existence, so I thought it’d be a good time to explain a few things. Let’s start with logistics. We’re going to offer five full-length posts per week—one per…

The Weather

Reservations

I was in Connecticut with my brother Chris, standing in the rain outside a movie theater, waiting to see a sneak preview of The Avengers. But I wasn’t talking to Chris. I was on the phone, debating…