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August 30, 2010

Edgar Allen Poe’s House on The Wire 0

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At Tin House, an excerpt from A.N. Devers’ essay on pilgrimages to the homes of impoverished writers, including references to Edgar Allen Poe’s Baltimore house on The Wire.

August 30, 2010

Who Would Want to Buy a Printed Book? 0

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The Boston Globe interviews Andrew Pettegree, author of The Book in the Renaissance, on how no one had any idea how to sell the first printed books. (via Book Bench)

August 30, 2010

Panache to Burn: Christopher Hitchens’ Hitch-22 3

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Though we have just now learned that Hitch is dying, delving into his memoir many things are apparent, not the least of which the fact that the man has done some living. If anyone has the right to consider his time not wasted, it’s him.

August 30, 2010

The Great Gatsby Revisited 18

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What struck me most is how The Great Gatsby as a “literary treasure,” as something we refer to as a classic, is so much less than what the novel actually is – which is something both gorgeously and impeccably wrought.

August 29, 2010

Last words 0

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Japanese director Satoshi Kon died last Tuesday at the age of 46. His last words, a rambling text that his family uploaded to the Internet following his death, have just been translated to English: “Everyone, thank you for all the truly great memories. I loved the world I lived in.”

August 28, 2010

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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In anticipation of their 30 Below Story Contest, Narrative Magazine is highlighting work published on their site by writers under 30.  Today my story, “I am the Lion Now,” has been added to the list.

August 27, 2010

A resolution 1

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On the relative statuses of literary, mainstream, and genre fiction: a resolution. (From Stephanie Anderson, manager of WORD in Brooklyn.)

August 27, 2010

Again, I Ask: Are Picture Books Leading Our Children Astray? 12

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The next time you’re in the supermarket, inspect a box of Alpha-Bits. What you’ll find in that milk-splashed bowl will shake you to your core.

August 27, 2010

Words Possessed: Ben Greenman’s What He’s Poised to Do 4

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The stories in this collection often dwell on the distance between letter-writers and those who receive them, and that much of the correspondence isn’t received by its addressee seems somewhat beside the point. What matters is the letter-writing itself, that which gives sanction to the pen-holder’s yearning. The mail is official, it’s real.

August 26, 2010

How to be a Good Literary Loser 0

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Rick Gekoski, previously shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley prize, talks about what it means to be a good literary loser, at Guardian: “And as soon as the winner is announced and it isn’t you,” Colm Tóibín observed, “the cameraman just walks away, and you are left there at the table trying to look composed, and you […]