Articles by Edan Lepucki

May 21, 2008

Appearing Elsewhere 1

I stopped by the Vroman’s Bookstore blog today to answer some questions about teaching creative writing. On Tuesday, June 3rd, I begin teaching a 6-week beginning fiction class for their Vroman’s Ed program. Also, if you have a teenager, you might consider signing him or her up for my summer fiction writing class for high […]

May 14, 2008

Frey Lives On 5

At first I couldn’t tell if Janet Maslin’s review of James Frey’s novel Bright and Shiny Morning was a joke or not. I guess she liked the book, but her homage to Frey’s style is so terrible, the start-stop prose so laughably bad, that I assumed she was making fun of the poor guy: He […]

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 […]