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What the Brain Knows: An Interview with Laura van den Berg

In “The Isle of Youth”—the title story in Laura van den Berg’s thrilling, punch-in-the-gut new story collection—a character makes reference to the concept of inborn knowledge: “how we hold inside ourselves ideas and experiences that exist on a plane far above our conscious minds.” It’s a beautiful concept, and especially useful when attempting to explain […]

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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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Issue #58: Winter Reading

Travel, like great writing, makes us look at the world through new eyes. This past summer I searched for stories over four continents, from Florence to Portland to Lima to Brisbane. And I was continually rewarded by narrative, in its many forms, from the 15th century paintings in Florence and Cuzco, to poems I heard […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: George Eliot

“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb 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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Chag Urim Sameach

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Yes, We Too Have Holiday Sales. Literature!

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Your Weekly Forecast: Sherwood Anderson

“The fruition of the year had come and the night should have been fine with a moon in the sky and the crisp sharp promise of frost in the air, but it wasn’t that way. It rained and little puddles of water shone under the street lamps on Main Street. In the woods in the […]

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Heart of Darkness, page 54

“Still, I had also judged the jungle of both banks quite impenetrable — and yet eyes were in it, eyes that had seen us.”

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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!

Buy the book here!

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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 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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