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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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Academy Award Giveaway

And The Award For Topical Publicity Opportunity Goes To…

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Only in Special Collections

“A kayak is not a galleon, ark, coracle or speedboat. It is a small watertight vessel operated by a single oarsman. It is submersible, has sharply pointed ends, and is constructed from the light poles and the skins of furry animals. It has never yet been successfully employed as a means of mass transport.” This […]

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Work in Prose and Poetry

(From The Writer’s Notebook II)

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The Arrest, by Georges Perec

This excerpt is drawn from La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams by Georges Perec, translated by Daniel Levin Becker, to be published by Melville House on February 19. No. 16, July 1970 I am in Tunis. It is a vertically sprawling city. I’m on a very long walk: winding roads, lines of trees, fences, panoramas. It’s […]

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Trust This Man

Just a friendly reminder from Thor Mr. Percy that the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop is a pretty good way to spend a week in July. You get to hang out and study with the likes of Karen Russell, Major Jackson, Maggie Nelson, Jess Walter, and of course, this man. Spots are filling up at […]

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Beat

An exercise in style.

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Metaphors and Binocular Vision

An exercises in style.

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Funny Is the New Deep

An Exploration of the Comic Impulse (From The Writer’s Notebook II)

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New Snakes

A round-up of some recent small-press plums to inspire resolve in the Year of the Snake.

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The Sword of Damocles

  &nbsp   “In all storytelling, no matter how nonlinear or diffuse the narrative might be, no matter how whimsical the pacing is, some kind of time bomb should always be ticking toward zero.” -Anthony Doerr, “The Sword of of Damocles” (Writer’s Notebook II)            

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Some Company for Slow Writers

” It’s comforting to know that some of the novelists who inspire me also, of necessity, take their time.”

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