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March 25, 2015

From the Internet to the Ivy League: Fanfiction in the Classroom 6

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Fanfiction will be taught and studied in future classrooms across the country — the only question is how.

March 23, 2015

Viva Las Vegas: On Getting an MFA in Sin City 10

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Haruki Murakami runs marathons, the great Amy Hempel volunteers at animal shelters, and Flannery O’Connor had her Catholic faith. Me, I toss plastic chips onto green felt.

March 16, 2015

Tend to the Wounded: Dispatches from Kyiv 5

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This is the first time I’ve been in a hot war zone, and the only thing I’ve learned is that I’m too old for this shit.

September 24, 2014

Murder Goes to Prep School: A Conversation About Tana French’s The Secret Place 19

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The girls in The Secret Place are very recognizably obnoxious teenagers — to the extent that I thought they were all idiots, and at one point or another I thought all of them capable of murder.

June 16, 2014

Cultural Exchange 1

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“Do you have your passport?” It was, I realized, a single-entry visa, meaning once I left Russia, I wasn’t allowed to come back. Visions of Russian prison danced in my head. Maybe, I thought, I should have stayed home.

June 16, 2014

You’re a Wizard, Julia: Getting to Know 20-Time Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins 0

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As Alex Trebek said during the introduction to her 21st game, “We have a wonderfully delightful, friendly champion in Julia Collins. Until she gets into a game, then she becomes relentless.”

May 22, 2014

Seeing the Birds Through the Trees 1

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My new binoculars stowed in my backpack, my birding journal scribbled with a few preliminary notes, and I was ready for my inaugural adventure. I biked into Prospect Park with only a vague idea of where to go, and I was still a little mystified about how one actually finds birds.

April 21, 2014

The London Book Fair: Many Tote Bags but Few Industry Solutions 7

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This old, sad debate talks about print and digital books as if they weren’t two sides of the same coin. Worry about book sales dropping more broadly, and start to think about the real ways that digital can reshape books.

April 16, 2014

A History of Love (of Bookstores) 6

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I have a long string of past loves, but they’re all bookstores.

April 8, 2014

A Day in the Life of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop 49

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On a dismal midwinter Thursday, we – eighteen current students of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, poets and fiction writers alike – set out to chronicle one ordinary 24-hour period in our lives. Hannah Horvath: take note.