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Your Weekly Forecast: Stephen Colbert

“All weather is sin-related. Lust causes thunder, anger causes fog, and you don’t want to know what causes dew.” ―Stephen Colbert, I am America (And So Can You!)

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Tin House Reels: Sarina Nihei

Sarina Nihei’s Love-Hate Relationship is a story sent from the non-verbal, netted unconscious but is beautifully drawn by a conscious hand. The thin pen drawings in this film —colored-in with what looks like magic markers—launch a child’s story. But the color scheme, with its browns, yellows, and reds, feels bruised by the stories of human beings, […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Cormac McCarthy

“In the spring or warmer weather when the snow thaws in the woods the tracks of winter reappear on slender pedestals and the snow reveals in palimpsest old buried wanderings, struggles, scenes of death. Tales of winter brought to light again like time turned back upon itself.”- Cormac McCarthy, Child of God

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The Red Kimona: An Exclusive Film Review from The Believer

From now until the end of the month, Tin House and its beloved, smart, and good looking literary sibling the Believer are offering up a joint promotion where for only $65, you’ll get a year’s subscription to both magazines (Subscribe today! Here!). To help milk this for all we can celebrate this unique partnership, we […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Ernest Hemingway

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Listen to th’ wind wutherin’ round the house,” she said. “You could bare stand up on the moor if you was out on it tonight.” Mary did not know what “wutherin’” meant until she listened, and then she understood. It must mean that hollow shuddering sort of roar which rushed round and round the house, […]

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Dealing on a Friday

Some might accuse us of kicking March Madness off a little early this year, but what’s so mad about selling two different subscriptions from two different publishing companies for 20 percent off our two different prices? For only $65 you’ll get a year’s subscription to both the Believer and its beloved West Coast literary sibling, […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Blaise Pascal

“The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.”- Blaise Pascal

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Just the Facts

Wandering the aisles of your local bookstore (or the AWP Book Fair in Seattle), marveling at the number of books in the world and the amount of knowledge that fills them? So are we. So is Aaron Labaree, who wrestles with the implications of non-fiction in this essay. When it comes to books and book-buying, […]

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Tin House Reels: Joseph Cornelison

This week’s featured film Manto, by Joseph Cornelison, is a departure from our recent  run of animated shorts at Tin House Reels; this is a largely live-action film that marries the history to the American south to the Greek myth of Manto, the daughter of Tiresias, who was said to see the future with more […]

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Issue #59: Memory

Aeschylus posited, “Memory is the mother of all wisdom.” While true, memory also can be a trickster, and cruel. And why are some of our most emotionally laden memories incomplete, a scent or color or image triggering a flood of half-remembered events accompanied by an overwhelming sense of joy or dread? In this issue we […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Kevin Sampsell

We were in my car in a giant parking lot by the shopping mall. The windshield wipers on my car weren’t working, so we sat there and waited for the rain to ease up. But it just got stormier, and the rain got heavier and pounded on top of the car like someone playing a […]

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Rosa Luxemburg’s Letters from Prison

Laura Christina Dunn on the necessarily non-political prison writing of the Marxist activist.

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Your Weekly Forecast: Chuck Palahniuk

“Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

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Happy Pub Date, Peter Mountford!

 Maybe you were one of the lucky folks whose local bookstore has been stocking The Dismal Science for weeks, but today–officially–the book exists in the world. Publishing this one is an honor, and feels like a real coup for us. If you haven’t already, we’d encourage you to read a sampling of it here, along […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Edward Gorey

“A small and sinister snow seems to be coming down relentlessly at present. The radio says it is eventually going to be sleet and rain, but I don’t think so; I think it is just going to go on and on, coming down, until the whole world…etc. It has that look.” ― Edward Gorey, Floating Worlds: […]

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What We’re Reading

Lyndon Johnson and some books he probably would have hated.

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Your Weekly Forecast: Christopher Beha

The cab pulled up outside Gerhard’s, and I paid the driver. Sophie pulled me close and pressed her wet face to mine. I didn’t understand what was happening. I stepped from the cab and waited for her to follow me out. Then the door closed, and she was gone. I hadn’t heard her say anything […]

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Winter Reading: Alexander Maksik

You can now read Alexander Maksik’s contribution to our Winter issue online. We spoke with the author about the strange world that is “Trim Palace.” gg Tin House: What was the biggest obstacle in writing “Trim Palace”? Alexander Maksik: In earlier drafts, I included a great deal more of Pete’s life – past and present. […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Karen Shepard

“Blue jays argued in the shrubbery. The birches stood al- ready bare, while, other than the hue of their leaves, the maples stood in mantles of full summer. Had either Char- lie or Julia bent to lay a hand to the ground, they would have felt the oncoming winter seeping up through the earth like […]

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Your Slipcase is Showing: Joan Didion’s Closet

“For different reasons, the two of us believed that style was indispensable for living with a little hope, and either you lived with hope or in despair. There was no middle way.” – John Berger, Here Is Where We Meet Is it true, do we style ourselves for a chance at something, in anticipation, with […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Julio Cortázar

“As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. (…) You don’t pick out the rain that soaks you to the skin when you come out of a concert.” ― Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch

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After The Fact

After you summon all your strength to pull yourself toward that small hole of light, then up out of that crib, after…

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Your Weekly Forecast: Plutarch

“Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.“— Plutarch, Moralia

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Auld Lang Syne

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