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Fiction: Imagination working on experience.
As I walked the eerily empty streets of downtown Spartanburg the evening before my reading, I imagined good old boys morphing into slimy reptiles, conducting human sacrifices, and wallowing in bloodbaths, their scales glistening with gore.
“The caterwauling bug song will abate as you do this.” –Padgett Powell
Author Julia Elliott talks about dystopian satires, Southern gothic tall tales, brain enhancements, and fear-hog hunting in this Q&A with her editor.
On a Friday evening in June, stoked by the awesome weather, Chip, Lee, and I were doing tequila shots on the patio of Noah’s Ark Taxidermy.
When I was 16 I discovered subculture and went at it voraciously.
They are still touchstones for many women I meet; secret decoder rings of the bookish of a certain age.
Dryland launches today!
How well do you think you would survive in the wild with only an axe and a knife?
He laughed. He said, That sign’s just there for the guys who come in to read porn. He made quotes with his fingers when he said read.
Debut novelist Jennifer Pashley talks about serial killers, Tori Amos, and listening in this Q&A with her editor.
One of the twins has his mouth sewn shut.
I would love to spend the day of June 16, 1904 in Dublin, Ireland, looking over the shoulder of Leopold Bloom
The design process for A Hanging at Cinder Bottom was as smooth as its poker-playing protagonist, Abe Baach.
The story that you tell in your memoir, Wondering Who You Are, raises some questions about personhood and about identity. What do you think makes us who we are as people?
The condemned man wore no shoes.
The night before my husband’s cancer surgery, I stay up to watch him sleep.
I’m going to cheat by imagining a three-on-three pickup basketball game.
Would you say that borders are important to The Boatmaker more as symbols than as markers of particular geographies?
When my book, Our Endless Numbered Days was published I didn’t think I was going to enjoy getting out there and talking to strangers.
For the Murphys, there was always the house and the idea of the house, one relatively more stable than the other.
“I swear to you, sitting a throne is a hundred times harder than winning one.” —some probably dead king Yesterday’s big announcement may have drowned out some of the excitement around Electric Literature and Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s epic Game of Totes competition. The best of the best literary tote bags were brought before a panel […]
Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Everyday, won the Ken Kesey Award for fiction at last night’s Oregon Book Awards. Huge congrats go out to Cari and her editor Meg Storey. Here are Cari and Meg in conversation just before the book’s publication in 2013.
Why You Should Teach Two Books, Each of Which Could Get You Fired
She hung up to see her mother cannoning from the crowd, all four-foot-eleven-and-a-half of her, jaunty in her beret, her bling, her snow-blindingly new running shoes, hurrying toward them with a funny splay-foot walk that reminded Mary Rose of Maggie. Was that new?