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September 9, 2011

Strange Flights 2

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In April 2001, I was offered the most interesting part-time job I’ve ever had. For $7.25 an hour I began working at my local airport.

September 9, 2011

Severe Clear 2

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By 8:47 AM on September 11, 2001, a lot had already happened at our house. My first thought was, there goes my goddamn morning. And I almost didn’t leave my study.

September 8, 2011

John Jeremiah Sullivan Reads 0

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John Jeremiah Sullivan‘s NY Times essay “You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!” was a big hit last June. Next October, FSG will publish Pulphead, his second collection of essays. To tide you over until then, you can listen to The Paris Review‘s Southern Editor read an excerpt from his Disney piece.

September 8, 2011

Two Chapters of Train Dreams 0

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You can read the first two chapters of Denis Johnson‘s latest novel Train Dreams on his Facebook page.

September 8, 2011

From Iowa to Illinois 0

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Poets & Writers‘ 2011 MFA rankings are out, and poet John Gallaher has some questions for students in the top 20 programs. (via The Rumpus)

September 8, 2011

Robert Birnbaum and Darin Strauss 4

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“I wanted to write about the young me as I would write about a character in a novel. And look at all that person’s flaws and hold them up to the light. Because I think that’s what we get out of good fiction, too. Good fiction teaches you how to live.”

September 8, 2011

Star Wars, Apatow, and the Death of Classic Comedy 2

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Judd Apatow and friends, with their hyper-familiar brand of hairy-assed humor, have issued a crushing blow to the suspension of disbelief — and made the gap between old comedy and new unbridgeable.

September 7, 2011

Writing Without Reading 1

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Buzz Poole expands Macy Halford‘s riff on the consequences of writing without reading. In the process, he refers back to last month’s popular piece here at The Millions by Steve Himmer.

September 7, 2011

Appearing Elsewhere 1

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A few days ago, Amazon announced the launch of their new “@Author” feature for the Kindle, whereby readers can click on an e-book passage and ask the author questions about it directly. I’ve broken out in a cold poststructuralist sweat about this over on The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog.

September 7, 2011

Looking for Some Literary Tumblrs? 5

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For bookish Tumblrs, I suggest you start following Awesome People Reading, Writers No One Reads, and CoverSpy.