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June 15, 2017

Don’t Talk About Your Book Until It’s Published 14

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Am I writing a book now? That’s between me and my hypothetical manuscript. I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, hunker down, and get to work.

April 4, 2017

Alternate Writing Residencies for the Trump Era 1

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I couldn’t have been more charmed by this rest stop, a wood stove, a solarium with its plant powered waste-treatment plant. There were desks and a view, as well as unlimited coffee, and, I was told, sometimes they provided Twizzlers.

March 16, 2017

An Inside Job: Lessons from Watergate for the Trump Era 1

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Since much of the material being leaked about alleged connections between Trump and Russia involves classified national security matters, Trump can plausibly threaten to prosecute the leakers. And, unlike Nixon, Trump has a stalwart Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

March 9, 2017

Exclusive First Look: Nicole Krauss’s ‘Forest Dark’ 1

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Nicole Krauss is back with her first novel in seven years.

March 7, 2017

Bring Back the Book Jacket Photo 7

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Bring back those full-page portraits that pronounced I wrote a book, damn it.

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3

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Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.

January 27, 2017

Why the National Magazine Awards Quietly Dropped Its Fiction Category 0

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Short stories aren’t clickbait. They don’t make much noise or much money. And yet the best of them long outlast the paper on which they were first printed.

January 9, 2017

How I Got It: ‘Breakfast of Champions’ 6

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That I could have found a book that so enflamed me in such a serene, well-meaning place now seems to me a rude and minor marvel.

October 17, 2016

What Is It About Hibbing? 6

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Whether it was the richly funded schools or the iron ore in the water or some other strange vortex (Hibbing is also, weirdly, at the epicenter of climate change), the town boasts an unusual number of writers, some of them culture-changers like Dylan.

September 28, 2016

Renegade Political Fiction: ‘The Revolutionaries Try Again’ 1

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Economic, political and social violence are senseless, and render us unable to tell neat linear narratives about injustice and protest.