Eric Darton

Eric Darton was born in New York City in 1950. His books include Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York’s World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011), and Free City, a novel, (WW Norton, 1996). The final two books of his five-volume cultural memoir Notes of a New York Son, 1995-2007 will be published in November, 2013. Darton teaches at Global College of Long Island University, Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies (Empire State College) and New York University. Previously, he has been an editor of Conjunctions, American Letters & Commentary and Frigatezine. Darton is currently writing a book-length study of the literary, political and philosophical ideas of James Baldwin. He is particularly glad to read prose that feels as if the writer has been guided by the work’s own will to form.


Upstream From Subject-Object: Introductory Notes Toward a Dao of Writing by Eric Darton

Within the mind there is yet another mind. That mind within the mind: it is an awareness that precedes words.             —from Nei-yeh (Inward Training) XIV[1]   What follows is neither essay, argument, nor attempt to persuade. My intention is to suggest that literature possesses a communicative efficacy that operates […]


Introductions to Chapter One, a New Prose Series by Eric Darton, Christopher Kondrich, & Bronwyn Mills

Prospectus for a Gathering of Chapter Ones: A Tripartite Invocation and Call for Submissions In (this issue and) the issues to come, Tupelo Quarterly will feature one or more Chapter Ones: the opening pages of in-process or not-yet-published book-length prose works. Our intent, beyond whetting readers’ appetites is not to […]


Twin Eulogies: Marshall Berman (by Eric Darton) and Tato Laviera (by Marithelma Costa, translated by Judith Page-Sarfati)

Open Letter to Marshall Berman (1940-2013) By Eric Darton       MARSHALL BERMAN   Spirit only becomes power only by looking the negative in the face and living with it. Living with it is the magic power that converts the negative into being. —Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), quoted […]