Articles by Edan Lepucki

April 22, 2008

The Way We Read 8

One of my favorite aspects of working in a bookstore was recommending stock to customers. Since I’ve kept a tight grip on my “to read” list my entire literate life, I was always puzzled and delighted by these strangers in need of book advice. What great power a bookseller has! It’s incredibly gratifying to watch […]

April 13, 2008

“April is the Cruelest Month…” 0

Thursday, April 17th, is the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day. To celebrate, carry around one of your favorite poems in – you guessed it – your pocket, and share it with anyone who will listen. You can download and print poems for the occasion at Or, if you’re more technologically savvy, simply […]

March 19, 2008

More Rooster Fun! 4

Mark Sarvas is the next to weigh in on this year’s Tournament of Books, deciding between Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke and Vendela Vida’s Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name. He spends much of the review lamenting the early loss of Robert Bolano’s The Savage Detectives (as Garth did here), but he’s able to […]

March 6, 2008

Appearing Elsewhere 0

Millions contributor Edan won second prize in StoryQuarterly’s Fall 2007 fiction contest for “Animals.” Congrats Edan! The story is now up on the site. You have to register (for free) to read the whole thing.

February 20, 2008

Short Story Week: Some Recommended Short Fiction 3

“The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane (from Open Boat and Other Stories) This 1898 story, about the last survivors of a shipwreck as they fight for the safety of land on a soaked and cold dinghy, contains one of my favorite sentences in all of short fiction: “It was probably splendid, it was probably glorious, […]

February 18, 2008

On Brevity 3

In 1886, Anton Chekhov wrote a letter to his brother enumerating the following requirements for his own writing: Absence of lengthy verbiage of political-social-economic nature Total objectivity Truth descriptions of persons and objects Extreme brevity Audacity and originality; flee stereotypes Compassion I like to present this list at the start of any fiction writing class […]

January 16, 2008

The Art of Rejection 10

I’ve been submitting my fiction to magazines big and small for six years, since I was a senior in college. It took two years to receive my first acceptance, and another two years to receive my second. Since then, my record has improved: I had a story published last year, and two more are forthcoming. […]

December 8, 2007

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 3

The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis was the first book I read in 2007, mainly because more than one Millions contributors had celebrated it in 2006. This lovely novel, about the residents of a small New England town, opens with three girls coming across a dead man on the beach. One of the girls, Mees […]

November 15, 2007

50,000 Words in 30 Days 6

This November, three of my bravest (read: most insane) students are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). While some of you may make fun of NaNoWriMo enthusiasts, I hold my tongue, for writing 50,000 words (no matter how poorly chosen) in only 30 days is impressive. Besides, another student of mine, Kelly Wiles, participated […]

October 27, 2007

And now for a little self-promotion… 3

I’ve been teaching fiction writing out of my apartment for over a year now. Seven people show up to my place once a week to eat some gourmet cheese, drink some wine (or sparkling water), and talk about fiction writing. It’s been terrific to explore craft topics with such a diverse group of Angelenos; my […]