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A round-up of some recent small-press plums to inspire resolve in the Year of the Snake.
“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)
” It’s comforting to know that some of the novelists who inspire me also, of necessity, take their time.”
ggggg Application of E. Hemingway to the University of Idaho Idaho is a good place. It is warm and clear and sunny in the morning, and I feel good when I study there. I want to study there. My name is Ernest. I am a writer. I also fish. I like Idaho, because [...]
In 2013: I resolve not to panic. At this point, I have so many unpublished manuscripts I could provide booster seats to five out of five children at the Olive Garden. Because of my age (34) and marital status (married), total strangers question me—frequently—about the intentions of my womb. My long-held dream of making the [...]
“A painting is a live performance and the intimate connection with the artist is always inspiring.”
On John Updike
“Let’s suppose a philosopher who after having published several works declares in a new book: ‘Up to now I was going in the wrong direction. I am going to begin all over. I think now that I was wrong.’ No one would take him seriously anymore. And yet he would then be giving proof [...]
We are very excited to announce that we’ve begun taking applications for the 2013 Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop! Join Dana Spiotta, Jim Shepard, Cheryl Strayed, Major Jackson, and many more of the country’s best storytellers, poets, and word slayers as they gather in Portland July 14-21st. Good times will be had, drinks will be [...]
From The Writer’s Notebook II
While we finally get around to working on our own fiction only to discover we still can’t write work feverishly over the holiday break to bring you more exciting blog diversions, we hope you’ll take a moment to revisit some of our favorite features that appeared on The Open Bar in 2012. Sontag Rules. Barney [...]
A selection of our favorite poetry related posts from 2012.
While we return lame holiday presents that signify a real gap between who we think we are and how others perceive us work feverishly over the holiday break to bring you more exciting blog diversions, we hope you’ll take a moment to revisit some of our favorite craft talk that appeared on The Open Bar [...]
The fact remains though that this time of year all anyone can talk about is lists.
In Possum Living, Dolly Freed writes beautifully about a childhood spent living frugally with her father on a half-acre lot just outside of Philadelphia. During this time, she mastered the complicated task of distillation, providing her readers with a recipe for basic moonshine must, as well as variations like dandelion wine and sugar beet liquor. Our [...]
Tin House and Octopus Books are oh-so-pleased to announce that we’ll be collaborating on a new series of poetry books.
A classic drink for your holiday season.
On Barry Hannah’s Airships
My friend Krista and I had just left Shakespeare and Company for drinks on the Île Saint-Louis, a hop, slip and a pratfall from the bookshop. It was the night for Vespers, not prayers at nearby Notre-Dame, but libations, the potent James Bond-martini-kind of Vesper. Three parts gin, one part vodka, a dash of Lillet [...]
Nate Mead’s permanent dream space.
The launch product, coming in February, will be a lime and cilantro blend called “Donna Tartttt.”
Featuring William Gass, Karen Russell, Steven Millhauser, and more!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Twain.
They went shopping instead of going to therapy.
A Gentleman’s Plea of Reconsideration from the Fair Sex (m4w)