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July 18, 2017

Girls in the Band: My Summer of Rock Memoirs 2

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The aim of each of these women, perhaps of every artist, is a longing to be understood, to make some seemingly unknowable part of the self known.

July 17, 2017

Do Not Shout 0

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“Always practice basic online etiquette, or ‘netiquette.’ Consider including emoticons to help add personality to your message and set the right tone. Also, be sure to stay on topic in a conversation and avoid writing in all caps, which is the online equivalent to shouting.” The Amazon Author Insights blog (full disclosure: Amazon helps us […]

July 17, 2017

A Strange Kind of Love 0

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“I slumped into an empty corner opposite Say Goodbye, Cattullus and wept into my knees for a half hour.” Catherine Lacey writes for The Paris Review‘s “Revisited” series, “in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago.” Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s consideration of artists whose works channel writers.

July 17, 2017

Up Next, Ice-Nine 0

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Cat’s Cradle‘s Felix Hoenikker would be so proud: Stanford scientists have found a way to make a dense, extraterrestrial ice called Ice VII (via The Rumpus). See also: “2 B R 0 2 B”, a “lost” Vonnegut story that first appeared in the sci-fi journal Worlds of If in January 1962.

July 17, 2017

Returning to Walden 1

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The novel achieves the alchemy of good fiction through which philosophy takes on all the flaws and ennoblements of real, embodied life.

July 16, 2017

Night Watch 0

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Recommended Reading: Thomas Dylan Eaton on the Austrian writer Peter Handke.

July 16, 2017

The Lad 0

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“Hunkered down in muddy trenches, the doomed scions of aristocratic families would take out their pocket editions of Housman and pine for the idealized, vanishing England they were fighting for.” On Peter Parker’s new book on A.E. Housman.

July 14, 2017

Five Non-Fiction Books for Writers in an Emergency 6

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I read non-fiction books that I thought might indirectly tell me something about fiction, even though they were really about something else.

July 13, 2017

For Auld Lang Syne 0

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“A perfect example of what the short story can do when the form is at its best: containing as much of an emotional blow as that of a 800-page novel, regardless of its brevity.”  The Guardian awards its 4th Estate BAME short story prize to “Auld Lang Syne” by Lisa Smith. The prize was launched in […]

July 13, 2017

There’s Even a Cash Prize 0

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“Without your micro-fiction, we’re like a flightless bird, sauceless noodles, or decarbonated LaCroix. We loved the response to our last contest so much that, naturally, we’re having another one.” Submit your 200-word stories of separation to Paper Darts for its second annual micro-fiction award, judged this time around by Lesley Nneka Arimah (whose What It Means […]