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Your Weekly Forecast: Mark Helprin

“Winter then in its early and clear stages, was a purifying engine that ran unhindered over city and country, alerting the stars to sparkle violently and shower their silver light into the arms of bare upreaching trees. It was a mad and beautiful thing that scoured raw the souls of animals and man, driving them […]

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That’s a Wrap

We will be back January 1st with exciting new content, blistering exposés, and thinly veiled self-advertisements. Until then, from all of us here at The Open Bar, a very merry holiday to you and yours.

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Short Fiction of 2013

  Masie Cochran (Associate Editor, Tin House Books): Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts: Stories (FSG, March 2013) was–hands down–my favorite story collection of 2013. It’s funny, sad, tender, and unforgettable. Not totally sold? If you read just one story, pick “Deniers,” (in my mind, the standout of the collection) a tale of unlikely love in a […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Théophile Gautier

“Although it was only six o’clock, the night was already dark. The fog, made thicker by its proximity to the Seine, blurred every detail with its ragged veils, punctured at various distances by the reddish glow of lanterns and bars of light escaping from illuminated windows. The road was soaked with rain and glittered under […]

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Winter Reading: Bianca Stone

All Bianca, all the time. That has been our motto of late. Not only will Octopus Books and Tin House be publishing Bianca Stones’s collection, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, in March, but we are also lucky enough to be bringing her out to our 2014 Summer Writer’s Workshop. To help tide you over until then, […]

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Signifying Nothing: An Exploration of Ethan Hawke’s Macbeth

Continuing Lance Cleland’s our decades-long fascination with Ethan Hawke, Tin House sent its ace reporter, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, to Lincoln Center Theater to catch a recent performance of Sir Ethan’s Macbeth. Lance Cleland: What sort of level of Hawkeness is this Macbeth? Moody, rebel, you look like a doily, Ethan. Saving my family from a wacked-out […]

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Glasgow’s Voltaire & Rousseau

During Independent Booksellers Week in the UK this year, I blogged about an American woman I traveled with in the far east, who told me that she felt at home in towns whose bookshops stocked Noam Chomsky. When I fret over the troubling numbers of indy booksellers who are going out of business, I am […]

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Your Weekley Forecast: Jean-Christophe Valtat

“The blizzard seemed to be dying down, and it was now possible to enjoy the sight of the buildings and embankments and bridges smothered in the diamond-dusted whiteness. There’s always something soothing in the snow, thought Gabriel, a promise of happiness and absolution, of a new start on a clean sheet. Snow redesigned the streets […]

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Tin House Reels: André da Loba

Tin House Reels is pleased to screen André da Loba’s “Tuttodunpezzo,” a short film about the too-perfect man. The kind of man who never loses patience, never forgets an item when he travels, and “doesn’t give his heart away to anyone.” One day, he falls into a hole so deep that he breaks in three […]

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2014 Summer Writer’s Workshop: Faculty Announcement

While we still finalize plans for our inaugural Winter Workshop (hurry, the application deadline is December 20th), allow us a moment to dream of warmer days in July. Days that include some of the finest writers this nation has to offer teaching workshops, giving craft lectures, reading from new work, and sharing a drink or […]

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Your Slipcase is Showing: Books in Fashion

Clothes have, they say, more important offices than keeping us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us. – Virginia Woolf Dressing is a function, a necessity, but it can also be something wonderfully indulgent, allowing one the opportunity to escape a certain image of the self, transforming the […]

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Holiday! Shopping! Discounts!

Because we want nothing more than your money loved ones to be happy this holiday season, allow us to suggest a few gift ideas for those on your shopping list who might normally be hard to buy for.  

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Yes, We Too Have Holiday Sales. Literature!

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From Canvas to Café to Crown: The Inimitable Kiki of Montparnasse

For all of the bohemian brouhaha of 1920s Paris, a woman still had to wear a hat to be seated in the main room of the popular and posh brasserie La Rotonde. It follows that climbing up on tables to sing bawdy, comic songs in cabarets or posing nude for artists might not be the […]

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Tin House Reels: Xiangjun Shi

This week, Tin House Reels celebrates the season with the animated video “Fall (with Music)” by Xiangjun (Shixie) Shi. Shixie, who holds a B.A in Physics from Brown University and a B.F.A. in Film/Animation from Rhode Island School of Design, integrates her two academic fields in artwork that closely observes the physical world. She is fascinated with […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Vladimir Nabokov

“The day, a compunctious Sunday after a week of blizzards, had been part jewel, part mud. In the midst of my usual afternoon stroll through the small hilly town attached to the girls’ college where I taught French literature, I had stopped to watch a family of brilliant icicles drip-dripping from the eaves of a […]

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Deal of the Month

Something new for you and your beverage. Now through November, buy any tee shirt and receive a free Tin House Koozie. hhh

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Heart of Darkness: A Look Inside the Book!

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Young George Washington and His Horse

  Taking history for granted is easy. The American Revolution, the bloody beginning of our nation, was fought over two centuries ago. It’s easy to lock those patriots in the past, to regard them as stuffy white guys who built a government that currently can’t get its act together. But there’s more to our founding […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Leni Zumas

“Snowflakes salted the early dark, the street a white field cut by tires and boots. A siren, laughter, throbs of music from the takeout. Our mother thought my brother’s apartment was too loud, not guessing that Riley used the noise for company. Snow was an ear feather. Airplanes blinked in the sky.” —Leni Zumas, The […]

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The Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop

So nice we decided to workshop twice…… We are excited to announce that the inaugural Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop will take place the weekend of January 31st in the beautiful seaside town of Newport, Oregon. Held at the literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel, this boutique workshop experience combines the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast, […]

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That Serendipity Is In Your Glass

One question that has never haunted me is if there’s a specific season or reason for drinking Champagne. In general, it seems that writers, the French, and French writers totally get this idea. One of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters threatens, “I’ll drink your Champagne. I’ll drink every drop of it, I don’t care if it […]

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Each Was Home

In the past ten years I’ve lived in four different states, 7 different cities, and at 11 different addresses. To say I’m tired of moving would be a gigantic understatement. I’ve grown accustomed to picking up and heading out. I’m expert at tossing unnecessary items and retaining valuable items for future use. Naturally, because I’m […]

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