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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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Columbus Day

In tribute to the one Chris Columbus we at Tin House can get behind.

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Pincushion

When they were children, she and her sisters buried their baby teeth in the garden behind their house. Her youngest sister believed the flowers that grew over them—all pink and drooping like pouting mouths—burst straight from the enamel. Roots spread out through the pulpy gums of the earth. She told her youngest sister, Probably Mother […]

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Winehouse

  From Issue #58, a poem by Kevin Young.   Winehouse   I’m sick of Maybe, my baby daddy. Folks, I’m fed up with loss. With lists. First place with a bullet. My shoulders bear   Valerie, Valerie   a picture of my mother. Let us lose one another, our tattoos the only reminder. Far […]

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Literati and the Revival of Ann Arbor Book Culture

In 1971, Tom Borders and his brother Louis opened a small, used bookstore on South State Street, in downtown Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan campus. The brothers went through a number of minor location changes, switched from used books to new, developed an innovative inventory system, and quickly earned a reputation for their […]

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September Gems

 September is already over? It seems like just yesterday we were living in an idyllic summer world, one where we hadn’t yet imagined what seventeen Republican Presidential candidates looked like lined up in front of Reagan’s airplane. But now . . . well, now we’ve seen some things, and we’ll never be the same. Here […]

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TBT: The Tin House Theme Song

While in the process of cleaning out the Tin House garage, we uncovered a previously unreleased recording of Dick Cheeseburger and the Sliders From Mars a local musician’s attempt to create a Tin House “theme song.” Left on our porch with no note of explanation, the record was quickly discarded and thought lost to time. […]

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Lost and Found: George Estreich on Dale Evans

There are dozens of memoirs about raising children with Down syndrome, hundreds of blogs, a galaxy of status updates. But in the beginning was Angel Unaware. Angel Unaware was written by Dale Evans and published in 1953. Evans, an actor, celebrity, and writer, was married to Roy Rogers, with whom she starred in movies and […]

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Remembering C.K. Williams

I first met Charlie Williams during a poetry festival at Sarah Lawrence College the summer my first book came out. I was there with my brother Michael and our poetry mentors Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. I was excited and nervous to meet this man who had written so many poems that seemed to, and […]

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About the Cover: Martin Wittfooth

Anthropomorphized animals exist in the ruins of humankind as both victims and aggressors. They are a natural evolution of our wild nature.

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Submit to The Open Bar!

Like any good open bar, we’ve always seen the Tin House blog and the work it features as a great way to meet new people, forge new creative relationships, and encounter unfamiliar ideas. Be it fiction, nonfiction, comics, poetry, interviews, or reading recommendations, when you belly up to our bar, we want to put in […]

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Issue #65: Theft

“Talent borrows, genius steals” is usually attributed to Oscar Wilde, and occasionally Pablo Picasso. There is, however, no record of either one actually saying or writing this. T. S. Eliot, on the other hand, wrote, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, […]

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Ace House

We are thrilled to announce that Tin House is now the Gideons Bible of Ace Hotel. Look for our magazines in their Portland and Midtown Manhattan rooms.

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