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Wreck and Order: An Excerpt

CARPINTERIA My father inherited a small fortune when his mother died, and on my twenty-first birthday he handed me a card with a check inside. I spent a year in Paris after high school and had been living with Dad since then, working at a pottery store and reading my way through a box of […]

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Lost & Found: Shane Danaher on Sterling Hayden

A passionate sailor, striving writer, and unwilling movie star, Sterling Hayden lived a picaresque life in which his nascent internal struggles were compounded by the American century in which he lived. The chief literary artifact of this extraordinary existence, Hayden’s mid-life autobiography Wanderer, published in 1963, distinguishes itself amongst its genre through its formal imitation […]

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Legs

  They sat on the linoleum floor, the two of them. His watch was the only thing moving. Through the small window above the sink the rising sun was bleaching the room white. The sound of a garbage truck, a man calling his dog, newspapers hitting doorsteps. Her long, bare legs were out in front […]

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Spring 2016 Tin House Craft Intensives

Come hone your craft and get inspired with our Tin House Craft Intensives in Brooklyn! Master the micro-essay with Ann Hood in Flash Essay.  Discover what you know about what you don’t know with Darcey Steinke in The Writer’s Journal. Plumb the depths of your writing’s mysteries with Alexandra Kleeman in The Unknown. And see […]

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The Sleep Garden: An Interview with Jim Krusoe

Meg Storey: The Sleep Garden takes place mostly within an apartment complex called “The Burrow,” but a few characters do not exist in this space. Why did you choose to extend the story beyond the Burrow? Jim Krusoe: The Sleep Garden is a combination of two elements. At first, all I wanted to do was to find […]

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Birthday

My wife still wouldn’t leave her room so I had to take the afternoon off to bring Buster into the vet. At home the dog was hungry and all the lights were off. There were two more sympathy cards in the mail. I threw them away. Buster was tearing ass around the house and wanted […]

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Like Horns on a Skull: An Interview with Carey McHugh

The taxidermist will mold, skin, gut, preserve, reassemble, and mount a creature, usually with the goal of making it look the way it did when it was alive. The final product can serve a variety of purposes—amusement, utility, education, and in terms of taxidermied pets, nostalgia: it helps preserve emotional connection. Carey McHugh manages the […]

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Happy Holidays!

All the best, from our ski bunnies to yours. We’ll see you back on the Open Bar in the new year. –Eds.

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Ice Cream in Gaza

This story appears in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman. Red wool, and falsely brightened, since we need the help.      A child because      the chambers of the heart will hold so little. —Still Life, Linda Gregerson   There was once. A little girl named Lala lived with […]

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Best of 2015: Movies, TV, and the Rest

Now that our Best of 2015 list of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and music is over, Tin House goes to the movies! By which we obviously mean “watches Netflix at home.” And also art galleries, rallies, and arcades. Look, there was only one day left in the week: Matthew Dickman: When you are hung-over-as-fuck the morning of […]

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Tryptophan Is Here to Stay

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We, Robots: An Excerpt

An excerpt from Curtis White’s We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data (Melville House) REALITY ANXIETY DISORDER My own preferred point of philosophical reference for resolving the supposed incompatibility of reality and artifice is French philosopher Paul Ricoeur’s magnificent Time and Narrative, Volume I. It is an imposing work, but its ideas are […]

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Remembering Josh Goldfaden

This week, everyone at Tin House magazine and Tin House Books was extremely saddened to hear of the death of writer Josh Goldfaden, about fifty years too soon. Tin House Books published Josh’s story collection, Human Resources, in 2007, and I was lucky to be the editor who worked with Josh on those stories. I […]

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Tumult’s Instruments: An Interview with Elizabeth Tallent

You’ve got a large part of your brain acting as a lethally efficient negation factory, and you’ve got intuitions and impulses making their first shy appearance, and the problem is how to keep these alive long enough to discover what they can turn into.

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Simon and Mr. Garfunkel

  We weren’t used to our teachers being famous. Instead of an apple, Mr. Garfunkel kept a Grammy on his desk. Still, every class quickly learns to play its teacher like a Rickenbacker. You hear about the ones who drone on because they love the sound of their own voice, but you don’t usually hear […]

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A Supposedly Fun Literary Guide I Will Never Do Again

Hello! I have been asked to write a “Literary Field Guide to Portland” in honor of the many literary types who will be visiting our city during the exciting Wordstock weekend. Portland is home to many fine authors, several of whom you have probably heard of (but most likely have never read. Unless it was […]

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My Uniform

Cheryl Strayed will be speaking with Diana Nyad at Wordstock on November 7th. For now, enjoy her mini-essay from our Memory Issue. There’s a pair of pants I wore almost every day for the first five years I knew my husband. They were what I like to call sport pants, which differ from all-out sweatpants (or yoga […]

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Five Questions for Benjamin Percy

In celebration of Wordstock Week on the Open Bar, we asked author Benjamin Percy five questions about reading and writing. Percy takes the festival stage for Stranger Than Fiction: Based on a True Story at 1:00 on November 7th; we encourage you to bring and throw peanut butter toast. Tin House: What’s your best reading memory from your […]

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“Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?”

Fiction: Imagination working on experience.

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Halloween Gems

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Feeding candy to Goblins and Ghouls and Kardashians at your doorstep, altering your walk so your kid doesn’t have to see the tastelessly violent decorations in your neighbor’s yard,  trying to figure out how to make your Walt Whitman costume authentic but also kind of sexy, and indulging the fear centers […]

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The Story of a Bird

Before you go into the grave
Don’t forget to write to me with your ashes
Don’t forget to leave your underworld address

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The Boys: An Excerpt

He was used to hearing the bells toll for the dead and watching funerals from the bank office, but this time, alone behind the desk, as the church door swallowed up the swarm of people, he had the impression that the bells tolled louder than ever, twice as loud, four, eight times louder, because there […]

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How to Eat Chicken Wings

  There’s a map bred in the bones of the bird. Before you ingest the chicken wing, you must know the vertices of its hinge, that place where tendons and gristle connect and shake hands. It’s all very scientific. Step One: The Origin Find a likely tray of sacrifices at the church picnic. You’re in […]

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Padgett Powell on Donald Barthelme

Don Barthelme once said to me, “The trouble with teaching is you spend all your time working on someone else’s rotten manuscript when you should be working on your own rotten manuscript.” This is signature Barthelme. It contains the making of a joke by repeating two syllables or two words or two phrases, at which […]

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The Pith Helmet

An excerpt from Barry Gifford’s Writers. THE PITH HELMET * * * * * CAST OF CHARACTERS B. TRAVEN, aka HAL CROVES, writer, a man in his late 40s/early 50s, provenance uncertain, author of many novels, one of which, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, is about to be made into a feature film, starring […]

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