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Desiderata: Tin House Author Favorites of 2013

  Matthew Spekctor, author of American Dream Machine:  Novel: I hate playing favorites, but Owen King’s Double Feature takes on the movies at once so persuasively and with such esprit. It’s hard to think of a new novel that gave me more sheer pleasure this year than this one. Short Story Collection: Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove, for being […]

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Poetry of 2013

“Let’s just take a sec to acknowledge that if 2013 was about anything, it was about defining, or really re-defining, the reader. Personally, I was redefined by some poems. Tony Hoagland and Mary Ruefle and Mary Szybist and Frank Bidart, in particular.”- Cheston Knapp (Managing Editor, Tin House Magazine) Veronica Martin (Columnist, The Open Bar): Soul in […]

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Nonfiction of 2013

  Heather Hartley (Paris Editor, Tin House Magazine): Deborah Levy’s Things I Don’t Want to Know: On Writing is a response to George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” and in her memoir, just over 100 pages, Levy combines sharp wit and a dark sense of humor along with questions about literary influence, childhood and wanderlust. […]

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Novels of 2013

  Rob Spillman (Editor, Tin House Magazine): The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner.  I haven’t been as engaged and invested in a novel in a long time. The unsettling mix of art and politics that bounces between New York and Italy in the 1970s was the most satisfying reading experience of the year for me. Nanci […]

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What We’re Reading

Pamela Moore, Matthea Harvey, Anton Chekhov, and August Kleinzahler

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Paige Williams, Thornton Dial, Georges Simenon, and Irmgard Keun have our attention.

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What We’re Reading

Deborah Eisenberg, Victoria Finlay, and Jon Krakauer carry us into the holiday.

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What We’re Reading

Diana Arterian, Jennifer Boyden, Gary Lutz, and more.

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What We’re Reading – Shirley Jackson Edition!

Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): Shirley Jackson must have disliked taking the bus as much as I do. In her world, public transportation is the domain of fitful dreaming, uncanny companions, and hallucination. The price of a ticket may very well be one’s sanity.  In “The Bus,” which I think is one of Jackson’s most frightening tales, […]

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October Gems

Karen Green, Erik Satie, Kate Bernheimer, Antoine Volodine, and more!

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What We’re Reading

Special Tin House Intern Edition!

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What We’re Reading

Antonio Tabucchi, Rimbaud and Charles D’Ambrosio!

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What We’re Reading

French artist Jef Aérosol, Elissa Schappell, and Kevin Sampsell!

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What We’re Reading

Special Tin House Intern Edition!

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September Gems

Tony Hoagland, George Perec, Astor Piazzolla, Mary Ruefle, your favorite flavor jelly belly and more!

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What We’re Reading

  Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): I’ve been reading Something Childish But Very Natural, a collection of Katherine Mansfield’s short writings lead by the story of the same name. “Something Childish…” is a weird little impressionistic gem of a story, much more complex than its giddy true-love-at-first-sight opening would have you think. When teenaged Edna […]

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Tony Perez (Editor, Tin House Books): It’s September, so literary agents are back from their Châteauneuf-du-Pape binges in St. Tropez, the kind of large living that 15% of a quiet, literary novel enables (I’m from Portland: is my New York Publishing Worldview accurate?). This means the manuscripts are piling up again, and my pleasure-reading time resembles the sleep […]

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What We’re Reading

Special Tin House Intern Edition!

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August Gems

The Met, Adrienne Shelly, Grey Gardens, and more!

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What We’re Reading

French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, Neil Gaiman, and Maggie Shipstead!

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What We’re Reading

G. Willow Wilson, Dana Spiotta, and Padma Viswanathan.

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Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): Jim Grimsley’s Winter Birds was rejected for decades, by American publishers, who called it too dark and depressing. The book is terrifying. Told in second person, this autobiographical first novel tells the story of eight-year-old Danny Crell. Danny and his youngest brother, Grove, are hemophiliacs—their world is full of knives. Most of the story […]

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July Gems

  Heather Hartley (Paris Editor): It might be too late to be in a Fellini movie, but the next best thing just could be listening to Nino Rota’s super cool, astonishing music. From the 1940s on up through the 1970s, Rota composed evocative and unforgettable music for loads of films including scores for Visconti, Zeffirelli, Coppola […]

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Friday Reads: Workshop Edition

 A small sampling of the many books referenced and discussed during our Writer’s Workshop. Steve Almond recommends: Stoner by John Williams & Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell Dana Spiotta recommends: Libra by Don DeLillo Dorianne Laux recommends:The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart by Deborah Diggs & The work of Larry Levis […]

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What We’re Reading

Matthew Dickman (Poetry Editor): It has been a long time since I have been so excited about a book of poems the way I am for Sarah Fox’s “The First Flag“. The poems are some of the most human-animal poems I have read, disarming and beautiful, scary because they are about us, honest and rough, intelligent […]

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