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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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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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Desiderata

The Believer, Richard Matheson, The Road, Anne Carson, and more!

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Matthew Dickman (Poetry Editor): I have been reading Greta Wrolstad’s (1981-2005) posthumously published book of poems “Night is Simply a Shadow” (Tavern Books, 2013). This is an exciting collection of lyric narratives that engage in our physical world and illuminate our inner world: “Across the river/ a man weaves along the ties, his mouth gathered as if whistling./ […]

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What We’re Reading

James Salter, Françoise Sagan, and Claire Messud!

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Meg Storey (Editor, Tin House Books): The Carp Castle (Continued from May 17) This adventure of post–World War II zeppelin travelers who are led by a mystic named Moira is a fun and zany ride from start to finish, filled with humor, subterfuge, and suspension of disbelief (for the characters as well as for the reader). Can they trust […]

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  Heather Hartley (Paris Editor): La Mortadella, a 1971 film starring Sophia Loren, is your typical off-kilter, topsy turvy boy meets girl, girl meets sausage sort of love story involving working class family values in postwar Italy, JFK Airport Customs, a strapping young journalist-protagonist named Jock Fenner (William Devane) and the real star of the show, […]

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Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette has made previous appearances on Friday Reads. Despite these endorsements, Semple’s credits (she’s a writer for Arrested Development!), and a talking-to from my mom, I was skeptical of the novel-via-collage approach; the story is told through an assemblage of emails and memos and FBI files, cut in […]

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Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): I just finished Tin House Books’s own Me and Mr. Booker by Cory Taylor. I’m generally a slow reader, but I drunk this book down in one swift, gleeful gulp. The eponymous Mr. Booker, a dapper English film professor whose flirtatious coyness might actually be avoidance, had me thinking of the […]

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Masie Cochran (Associate Editor, Tin House Books): I’m reading Airships by Barry Hannah. I read this collection in high school, again in college, and keep coming back to it every few years.  I love “Testimony of Pilot, “(take a second and read An Amazing Sentence Shape by Kate Brittain), “Green Gets It,” and “Our Second Home.” But this week, for whatever reason, […]

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Devon Walker-Domine (Open Bar Intern): Among my current reads is Adrian Oktenberg’s The Bosnia Elegies, a staggering work that, through the adept merging of journalistic and poetic styles, succeeds in conveying the vastness and complexity of Yugoslavia’s dissolution, both on a national and a personal level. The loss of a loved one, of a voice, of […]

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Desiderata

  Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): Since finishing Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia a few weeks ago, I’ve had a hard time finding fiction to dig into; everything I’ve started has felt a little precious by comparison. (I cannot say loudly enough: you must read this book.) Instead, I’ve been getting my fix by weaving in and […]

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Heather Hartley (Paris Editor): First published in 1972, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing explores how we look at art and by extension how we see—literally and figuratively. A rich mix of art history and cultural theory, three out of the seven essays consist solely of images—classical paintings like Rembrandt or Velasquez, early 70s advertisements and pop images of […]

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Meg Storey (Editor, Tin House Books): I read Martha Baillie’s The Incident Report in two sittings. Told in one-to-three-page chapters, Baillie’s novel is the best kind of quick read: a quick shot to the heart. Miriam, the librarian-narrator, reports her interactions with the regular (and often slightly disturbed and nutty) library patrons alongside her own story of grief over […]

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John Jeremiah Sullivan, Jacques Réda, Maggie Nelson, Jonathan Hickman, and E.M. Forster…

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    Diane Chonette (Art Director): In the brief window of time between putting Oliver to bed and tucking myself in, there is room for a bit of mindless entertainment. If we are between seasons on the current favorites, our go-to Netflix choices oscillate between anime, old sci-fi, and old British travel shows. In the last month, we’ve been heavy […]

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  Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Editorial Assistant, Tin House Magazine): Everyone told me how seismically great Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia was; everyone was right. Spiotta does the most deft work in evoking the vagaries of a completely original set of family relationships. I’ve never quite met any of these characters before, and I feel like I know them perfectly. I […]

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  Meg Storey (Editor, Tin House Books): One of the books I picked up at AWP was Justin Torres’s debut, We the Animals, which I devoured on the plane ride home. Composed of sections that don’t so much tell stories as provide glimpses into the home life of a pack of mixed-race brothers, this short novel nonetheless […]

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Diane Chonette (Art Director of Tin House): After reading The Education of Werner Pfennig by Anthony Doerr in the latest issue of Tin House, I wanted more. So, while I’m reluctantly waiting for his forthcoming novel, from which the excerpt was pulled, I’ve picked up his 2007 memoir, Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral […]

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