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The Weather Report: Thomas Pynchon

“Santa Anas had been blowing all the smog out of downtown L.A., funneling between the Hollywood and Puente Hills on westward through Gordita Beach and out to sea, and this had been going on for what seemed like weeks now. Offshore winds had been too strong to be doing the surf much good, but surfers [...]

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Get Your Tin House Swag On!

Buy Here Now

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On the Making of Orchards

“God / Has as it were a grandchild in your art.”

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Issue #57: WILD

In our mitigated, cultivated world, is it possible to still be wild? With no wilderness, will our natures turn tame? These are two of the challenges we threw out for our Wild issue, and because writers are creative, and therefore untamed, they came back to us with very different answers. Olena Kalytiak Davis pushes into [...]

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Labor Day

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” —Victor Hugo

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Happy Birthday, America

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A Father and Daughter Quit the Rat Race: An Excerpt from Possum Living

1. We Quit the Rat Race   Do you remember the story of Diogenes, the ancient Athenian crackpot? He was the one who gave away all his possessions because “People don’t own possessions, their possessions own them.” He had a drinking cup, but when he saw a child scoop up water by hand, he threw [...]

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The Search For Truth

No matter what you write, they will always try and pigeonhole you. jjjj    

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Issue #56: Summer Reading

The best writers not only create worlds beyond our imagination but also lead us into places we’d never dare venture alone. Over their long careers, Stephen King and Margaret Atwood have continually surprised us with their dark worlds. In his new short story “Afterlife,” King transports us into the mind of a man at the [...]

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The Maggie Nelson Seminar – Exercise #3: Poem(s)

We hope you have enjoyed the Tin House Seminar: Maggie Nelson thus far. For those of you new to class, read a full description of the project. Last week, the seminar read  The Red Parts: A Memoir and completed the second writing assignment.  If you didn’t get a chance to read The Red Parts this week, these supplements will get [...]

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The Sci-fi Squad!

  About the Artist, Marlowe Dobbe:   I am a Portland, Oregon native currently attending The Pacific Northwest College of Art, majoring in illustration. My work is stylized, greatly considered, and often times humorous. I work mainly in digital, but I frequently include elements of my physical work in my finished pieces. I love making [...]

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World Book Night – Alexis Smith’s Glaciers

We know the title would imply that World Book Night is, well, one night, but temperance has never been our specialty.  On Monday we threw a party for Alexis Smith, whose debut novel Glaciers was chosen as a World Book Night title. It was a fun night for book lovers (many of which were WBN volunteers) [...]

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The Maggie Nelson Seminar – Exercise #1- Ghost Book

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Tin House Seminar: Maggie Nelson thus far. For those of you just discovering this, please follow the link for a full description of the project. Last week, the seminar delved into Bluets. There was an amazing amount of user generated supplementary material added to the forum, well worth a look [...]

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A Protest

Friday, April 5, 2013: I’m parked in the University of Houston’s chancellor’s office, on the red-and-gold carpeted floor, participating in a sit-in organized by the graduate students. I’ve been here less than two hours, and yet I have no sensation whatsoever below my navel. Occasionally there’s a tingling in the toes of one foot—I’m not [...]

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About The Cover: Brin Levinson

In the war between man and the natural world, it would appear, judging from Brin Levinson’s unpeopled, postapocalyptic cityscapes, nature has won. Levinson’s worlds—washed in dour grays, ochre, and sepia brown—suggest the landscape before us is already becoming a relic. The brightest colors, the occasional burst of blue sky that breaks out from behind cloud-crowded [...]

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Wm & H’ry

The following is excerpted from J.C. Hallman’s Wm & H’ry: Literature, Love, and the Letters between William & Henry James, out now from University of Iowa Press.    .1. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1861, having lately abandoned a dream of life as an artist and enrolled in Harvard’s Lawrence Scientific School, Wm set out from his new, [...]

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For the Love of the Game

For those devoted to basketball, the game sometimes comes alive before our very eyes, and transforms us. In such moments we fall in love with basketball all over again, and perhaps regain, for a moment, a renewed hope in the possibilities of life. In this year’s March Madness, a relative unknown, Florida Gulf Coast University, [...]

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A New Twist on the Genuine Article

WRANGLER JEANS MARKETING PLAN  Prepared for: Dieter Jacobfeuerborn President, Wrangler International  Prepared by: Ron Currie, Jr. Principal, Deadbeat Deity Marketing Strategies, LLC   1. Situation Analysis Since the mid-1970s, Wrangler International has ceded every denim-buying demographic aside from middle-aged white men who watch NASCAR, pronounce the “t” in “Merlot,” and enjoy thinking of themselves as [...]

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AWP: The Final Post

The week after AWP is a time to reflect. A moment to catch you breath, detox, and assess a convention unlike any other in the literary world. Like many of us, you are still probably trying to digest the awesomeness that was Dana Spiotta and Don DeLillo reading from their first novels, or the bewitchment [...]

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About the Cover: This Means War

In the war between man and the natural world, it would appear, judging from Brin Levinson’s unpeopled, postapocalyptic cityscapes, nature has won. Levinson’s worlds—washed in dour grays, ochre, and sepia brown—suggest the landscape before us is already becoming a relic. The brightest colors, the occasional burst of blue sky that breaks out from behind cloud-crowded [...]

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Small Press Beat: AWP

  I am hoping my 2013 AWP goes something like the well-known Raymond Carver quote : “Get in, get out. Don’t linger. Go on.” Assuming that one could put up his or her blinders to the constant pummeling of everything that is AWP, here are ten books that I plan to buy, then rush out [...]

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Password Requirements

Your password must contain at least one number. It’s a bad idea to put a 1 after a typical word or phrase. Awesome1, for instance, is not awesome, nor is it accurate. Killme2 is a weak password. Password should contain at least one lower case letter. Password should be between 6 and 20 characters, which [...]

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Issue #55: This Means War

The earliest recorded stories are war stories. Some forty thousand years ago, people painted their tales of hunting buffalo and elk and battling fellow humans on the walls of caves. As soon as we could put pen to paper, we recorded for posterity how armies crossed seas and mountains and deserts to clash swords with [...]

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AWP FAQs

Hello and welcome to AWP Boston! Whether this is your first time joining the world’s largest assembly of writers, or if you make the pilgrimage each year, this is the place to compare your own fears and anxieties with other peoples’. Please note: the FAQs are organized by participant-type. Enjoy!   BOOKFAIR EXHIBITOR FAQs gggggg [...]

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The Sword of Damocles

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