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Ghost Songs: Excerpts

I hear breathing, a dry broken noise like fabric dragging on rough wood. On the wall in my hospital room, something shimmers in the afternoon light. It is my father. I sit up and avert my eyes and he becomes more defined, as if he is meant to be seen from the far side of the eye, where apparitions live.

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Pieces of Soap: About the Cover

In the design brief for Stanley Elkin’s Pieces of Soap, editor, Tony Perez, suggested I look to the title essay for ideas. In Elkin’s humorous meditation on mortality and compulsion, he writes about his soap-stealing obsession, describing the massive collection of pilfered soap that fills his home: Because I have, in basket and hamper, in […]

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The Rest of the Novel

For conveying ideas, novels are among the least functional and most decorative of the blunt instruments.

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Pieces of Soap

This would have been after the ms was first diagnosed but before the chair glide was put in, before, in fact, anything very important was wrong with me at all.

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PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS, Week 5!

Calling all writers who are obsessed with plot and obsessives who can write a mean story. We want you!

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Between Two Worlds: The Backdrop of The Long Room

At the end of the 1970s and during the first year of the succeeding decade, I lived on a boat on the river Thames at Chelsea.

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The Long Room: An Excerpt

Stephen slots the unlabeled cassette into the machine. He doesn’t have great expectations of this tape.

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PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS, WEEK 4 of 5

Calling all writers who are obsessed with plot and obsessives who can write a mean story. We want you!

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Tin House Galley Club: The Long Room

We surveyed our galley club members—here’s what they thought.

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PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS, WEEK 3 of 5

Calling all writers who are obsessed with plot and obsessives who can write a mean story. We want you!

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Hey Neighbor

Week One of PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS brought in an overwhelming array of great stories. We found ourselves in busy train stations, fish markets, and test labs. Strangers passed each other cryptic letters, time-travel talismans, howling babies. And then they vanished, leaving us eager for more. Congratulations to last week’s winner, John Lawton, […]

Posted in Fiction, Flash Fridays, Tin House Books

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PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS, WEEK 2 of 5

Calling all writers who are obsessed with plot and obsessives who can write a mean story. We want you!

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PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS, WEEK 1 of 5

Calling all writers who are obsessed with plot and obsessives who can write a mean story. We want you!

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Tin House presents PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST OF ALL PLOTS

Winners will share their stories on OPB’s State of Wonder

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Breaking Tradition

A friend lent me two hundred dollars to see a psychic named Linda Bell, a heavy-set woman wearing a turquoise kaftan, hair blown into a high bouffant. With a dramatic flourish of her arm, she gestured me, a shy seventeen-year-old girl, into her house.

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Tin House Galley Club: Ghost Songs

We surveyed our galley club members—here’s what they thought.

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Tin House Galley Club: After James

We surveyed our galley club members and here are their responses.

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After James: An Excerpt

One morning on a small harbor ferry heading to Granville Island she’d watched the boat taking its level with False Creek and felt a kind of weightlessness that seemed telling.

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3 Stories of God

38 The child wanted to name the rabbit Actually, and could not be dissuaded from this. It was the first time one of our pets was named after an adverb. It made us uncomfortable. We thought it to be bad luck. But no ill befell any of us nor did any ill befall the people […]

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Last Sext: An Excerpt

I AM ABOUT TO BE HAPPY Can you feel it? You are art and you are not art Yesterday I thought it was good to be dead I babbled, a wildwoman boiling your pelt I wore you as my t-shirt and mouth I said it was good for you to be art Save me from […]

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Before the Feast: An Excerpt

We are sad. We don’t have a ferryman any more. The ferryman is dead. Two lakes, no ferryman.

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Tin House Galley Club: Before the Feast

We surveyed our galley club members and here are their responses.

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Eleven Extraordinary Hours: An Interview with Pamela Erens

Jim Ruland talks to Pamela Erens about her new novel, Eleven Hours

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Eleven Hours: An Excerpt

No, the girl says, she will not wear the fetal monitoring belt. Her birth plan says no to fetal monitoring.

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A Public Space

Bookstores are not a dependable resource in the suburbs.

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