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Andromeda Romano-Lax
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Andromeda Romano-Lax is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and co-founder of a literary nonprofit, the 49 Alaska Writing Center. Her first novel, The Spanish Bow, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and has been translated into eleven languages. Soho Press published her second novel The Detour this February 2012. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and two children.

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10 Things I Learned as a Writer From Fitzgerald's Gatsby

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 6:52 PM

A warning first: There will be no high-school essayist's hunt for symbols (the green light of Daisy's dock, Dr. Eckleburg's big eyes that see all) or any critical comment on the music chosen for the new Baz Luhrmann adaptation opening this weekend (I loved Moulin Rouge and applaud a director...

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10 Things I Learned As a Writer From Philip Roth

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 6:31 PM

Philip Roth, surely one of our most talented and ambitious American writers, just turned 80. PBS will share his life story with us Friday, March 29, in Philip Roth: Unmasked, a 90-minute documentary in their Masters Series.

Yet as a recent MFA graduate and as a teacher of fiction...

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Big State, Small Screen: An Alaska TV Writer on the Power of Place

(6) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 6:08 PM

On Sunday, Oct. 14, I'll be catching the season three premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, the show that has managed to attract a demographically broad viewership and garner critical praise while being about -- of course -- zombies. The finale to season two was the most-watched basic cable drama...

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'Expert' Fathers Who Didn't Know Best

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 1:14 PM

"The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it's born," wrote the founder of behaviorism and parenting "expert" John B. Watson.

In another he essay he suggested, "Most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder."

We can wonder what the two mothers of his own four children thought...

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Stuck Writers, Second Novels, and Empty Boats

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 8:06 PM

"You'll need to sit down before I tell you this," my agent said over the phone one day in 2005 -- perhaps the only time I'll ever hear that cautionary cliché offered in a joyful context. She told me what the top bidder was offering for my debut novel. These...

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Hisland and Herland: The Macho Mars of John Carter and Gilman's Feminist Utopia

(12) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 5:20 PM

This month marks the centennial of Edgar Rice Burroughs's swashbuckling, stilted, lusty, improbable and undeniably influential Princess of Mars, released this month as a Disney movie, John Carter, nudged into respectability with rewriting help from Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon -- one of the many men whose boyhood fantasies were enlivened...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Hitler: Why We Write Nazi Books

(214) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 9:00 AM

When I visited Munich in 2009, I could find almost no signs of the city's Nazi past. My focus on classical art took me to the Glyptothek, a stunning museum rebuilt after the war and filled with ancient Greek and Roman treasures, some of the most beautiful classical statuary on...

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