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November 22, 1963: Dressing in the Hotel Texas

An excerpt from Adam Braver’s novel, November 22, 1963

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Heart of Darkness, Page 99

I have lost some books in the re-reading. Stories which fell far short or disappointed me bitterly in some totally unexpected way once revisited. Heart of Darkness, like Moby-Dick and a handful of others, is one of those rare books that seems to pull me into it more deeply upon each re-reading. The brief and [...]

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ENDINGS: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

We thought this excerpt from Elissa Schappell’s excellent essay from The Writer’s Notebook II might be both informative and inspirational to those of you taking part in our Shirley Jackson Short Story contest.  “Great is the art of beginning,” Longfellow said, “but greater the art of ending.” It’s true. Beginnings, like first kisses, need only [...]

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Heart of Darkness, Page 76

Kurtz is so very much more than a character, or a “remarkable man,” although he is also both of those things. Kurtz is a martyr, a saint, and an idea, and ideas live on long after those who created them have passed. Near the conclusion of Heart of Darkness Marlow explains that Kurtz is remarkable [...]

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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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This Is Between Us, An Excerpt

I have an empty perfume bottle that I took from my first girlfriend a long time ago.

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Heart of Darkness, Page 27

“They wandered here and there with their absurd long staves in their hands, like a lot of faithless pilgrims bewitched inside a rotten fence.”

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Irreconcilable Differences

My father was an airline pilot, a profession premised on a longing to be elsewhere.

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Heart of Darkness, Page 19

“They were dying slowly—it was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom.”

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Dagoberto Gilb

Next in J.C. Hallman’s series of Q&A’s with Story About the Story contributors is writer Dagoberto Gilb. Dagoberto Gilb is the author of a number of books, including The Magic of Blood, Woodcuts of Women, and The Flowers.  Gilb’s contribution to The Story About the Story I, “The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy,” first appeared in The Nation and was [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Walter Kirn

Walter Kirn’s books include Up in the Air, Thumbsucker, and, most recently, Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever.  His essay included in The Story About the Story I, “Good-Bye Holden Caulfield.  I mean it.  Go!  Good-bye!” first appeared in With Love and Squalor: 14 Writers Respond to the Work of J.D. Salinger. [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker is the author of more than a dozen books.  His third book, U and I: A True Story, about John Updike, is a common frame of reference for many who write creative criticism today.  “Defoe, Truthteller,” reprinted in The Story About the Story II, was first published in Columbia Journalism Review, and appears [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Phyllis Rose

Next in J.C. Hallman’s series of Q&A’s with Story About the Story contributors is writer Phyllis Rose. Rose is the author of Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf and Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages.  An excerpt of The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time appears in The Story About the Story I. J.C. Hallman: [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Edward Hirsch

J.C. Hallman continues his series of Q&A’s with Story About the Story contributors today with Edward Hirsch. In addition to more than half a dozen books of poems, Edward Hirsch is the author of several books of “creative criticism,” including How to Read a Poem, which is excerpted in The Story About the Story I.  Hirsch is president [...]

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Fall Book Catalog

We are very excited to bring you our Tin House Books Fall Catalog! Cari Luna, J.C. Hallman, A.J. Albany, Matt Kish, and Kevin Sampsell will all be touring this fall—check and see if they are coming to your neck of the woods.

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An Interview With Peter Orner

Since 2008 whenever I’ve taught bored teenagers and I sense I need to wake them up, or entice them to believe that literature can be exciting, I go straight to a rapturously written excerpt from Peter Orner’s extraordinary novel The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. (A taste: “Her cheeks sag off her face like grocery [...]

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Low Down, An Excerpt

Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood

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The Revolution of Every Day: An Excerpt

“It won’t be enough to seal the outside doors, or even all the apartment doors,” Gerrit told everyone. “We have to do that, and more.” He told them how they did it in Amsterdam, how they needed to build layers of defense. “This is how it’s done,” he said. “This is what we need to [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Fred Setterberg

Up next in J.C. Hallman’s series of Q&A’s with Story About the Story contributors is writer Fred Setterberg. Fred Setterberg’s contribution to The Story About the Story I, “Into Some Wild Places with Hemingway,” appears in his book, The Roads Taken: Travels Through America’s Literary Landscapes, winner of the 1992 AWP award for Creative Nonfiction.  Setterberg is the author of a number of [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts is the author of many books of essays, including, most recently, The Other Walk. His contribution to The Story About the Story I, “On a Stanza by John Keats,” first appeared in Birkerts’ The Electric Life: Essays on Modern Poetry. He directs the MFA program at Bennington University. Birkerts has nice things to say about the new volume, and we [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with William Gass

William Gass’s contribution to The Story About the Story Vol. I, “In Terms of the Toenail: Fiction and the Figures of Life,” first appeared in New American Review and is the title piece of his 1970 book of criticism, Fiction and the Figures of Life.  Seven volumes of essays would follow to accompany six of fiction, [...]

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Tin House Reels: Bianca Stone

This week Tin House Reels is excited to screen Bianca Stone’s Elegy with Judy Garland (and Refrigerator). “While I often work on paper, I’ve always been in love with making little films,” Bianca said. ” I’ve always wanted to do animation, and ever since I was a teenager I have been slip-dashing it together using [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Jane Tompkins

Up next in J.C. Hallman’s series of Q&A’s with Story About the Story contributors is writer and professor Jane Tompkins.  Jane Tompkins is the author of a number of books, most recently A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned.  Her contribution to The Story About the Story II, “The Last of the Breed: Homage to Louis L’Amour,” is excerpted from [...]

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The Tin House Nooner: Jodi Angel

Welcome to the inaugural Tin House Podcast: Nooner Edition, a bi-monthly burst of poetry and story telling culled from our Summer Workshop reading series. On today’s Nooner, Jodi Angel reads from “Firm and Good” which Tin House was luck enough to publish twice. First appearing in our 2013 Summer Reading issue, it is also featured in [...]

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Story About the Story: An Interview with Wendy Lesser

J.C. Hallman continues his series of Q&A’s with Story About the Story contributors today with writer and editor Wendy Lesser. Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review.  Her essay “The First Novel,” included in The Story About the Story II, appears in Lesser’s Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering.  Her most recent book is Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and his Fifteen [...]

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