Wyatt Mason

Wyatt Mason is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine  and a contributing editor of Harper’s. A Senior Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, he also teaches literature at Eastern Correctional Facility through the Bard Prison Initiative.
June 30, 2015

When Ben Metcalf’s first novel, Against the Country, was published in January of this year, it drew scant attention from the world we designate “literary,” and none from the marketplace of what we call ideas. But another look reveals that Metcalf seems guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of sentences written with intent—sentences of extraordinary interest and beauty, originality and art, drama and delight.