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January 19, 2011

The Long and the Short of It: Linked Story Collections Bridging the Divide 13

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To me, the short story is this miraculously compressed form, elegant and complex, small in shape but large and deep in meaning; it has the capacity for perfection in a way that the novel does not.

January 19, 2011

The Great Late Henry James 8

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If there was ever a rule that an American writer should do his boldest, most experimental work first and then retreat to safe ground, no one ever bothered to tell Henry James.

January 18, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Fallon, Brown, Sriracha 0

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New this week is a debut collection of loosely linked stories that’s been getting some attention. Military families are the common theme in Siobhan Fallon’s You Know When the Men Are Gone. Another newly released debut is Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters about a Shakespeare scholar’s three daughters, all named after characters from the Bard’s […]

January 18, 2011

Cursing at Poets 0

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At The Collagist, Kyle Beachy imagines the emperor Augustus saying to the poet Horace, “You and your kind are fucked!” “The Extent of Our Decline” is one of number of essays appearing in the collection I co-edited, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, coming in March from Soft Skull.

January 18, 2011

The Story Problem: 10 Thoughts on Academia’s Novel Crisis 78

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The rhythm of school is conducive to the writing of small things, not big things, and we don’t try hard enough to think beyond that rhythm because, for many of us, it’s the only rhythm we know.

January 14, 2011

Cut and Dry: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes 5

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The first thing you have to do with Tree of Codes is figure out how to read it.

January 14, 2011

When We Aspire to Write Like Ourselves: A Conversation with Carl H. Klaus 14

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I wanted to see if I could create literary non-fiction out of short-term memory.

January 13, 2011

Trystero Coffee 0

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At Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg has coffee with Thomas Pynchon–well, not exactly…

January 13, 2011

Portlandia 0

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If you or someone you love has ever mentioned a McSweeney’s article to sound cool, you’ll feel right at home in this clip from IFC’s new show, Portlandia, in which Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein skewer Portland’s bookish hipsters.

January 13, 2011

Bottom-Up History: An Interview with StoryCorps’ Dave Isay 2

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“Literally when I pressed play and record – in those days you still had to press play and record at the same time – I knew that this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.”