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February 19, 2010

My Biographer Will Be Pleased: Thoughts on Personal Papers 8

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I am so focused on things these days, of discarding them, packing them, transporting them. And my books and these old papers and letters–these say the most about my life than anything, any thing, could.

February 18, 2010

Not Lost, Just Rearranged: A Profile of Michelle Huneven 7

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“What’s wrong with you, is wrong with your writing,” Huneven says. “It really behooves you to find out what that is, so that you can disguise that in your writing. Or compensate it, or cover it up. Or cure it, if you can.”

February 17, 2010

Draft Dave: Why Eggers Should Edit The Paris Review 19

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As absurd as it may sound, I’d like to propose that Dave Eggers is the best candidate for editorship of The Paris Review. And, somewhat counterintuitively, that hiring him for the job might be as good for Eggers as for the magazine.

February 11, 2010

The Writer Career Arc, or Why We Love the Susan Boyle Story 14

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The idea is that the reader is interested in a rags-to-riches story, as if literary success were akin to winning the lottery, or better yet, being struck by lightning.

February 5, 2010

How Do I Get Home? A Profile of Nick Flynn 2

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Flynn navigates murky waters through his elegant language, trying not to blame the map he was given for his apprehension.

February 2, 2010

The Magisterial Goal 27

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Soccer broadcaster Ray Hudson values hyperbole over precision. His quips, spontaneous and unedited, conflating science and art, have gained him a reputation as one of the most notorious announcers in all of sports.

February 1, 2010

‘The woman writes as if the Devil was in her…’ 11

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The anxiety of maintaining the distance and time to write within a romantic relationship continues to plague women (and men alike).

January 19, 2010

The Problem with Prizes (or, Who Cares About the International Booker?) 17

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… The Prize Championship Series!

January 15, 2010

Down by the Riverside 6

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Folk music, funerals, and “goodbye to all that.” On reaching across the generational divide.

January 15, 2010

Novels and Unicycles: Writing for Attention 33

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Vanity helps anonymity get dressed in the morning, and anonymity helps vanity forget all the mean things the kids said at recess.