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Fifty Shades of Lloyd Dobler

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 2:33 PM


2012 could be the breakout year for fan fiction. After all, what is the film The Avengers but a $200 million fantasy league? Remixes and mashups of public domain titles remain popular. And, of course, the Twilight fan fiction origin of erotic...

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Sheila Heti's The Middle Stories, 10 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 11:38 AM


Do you remember the days of 2002? I remember smoking two packs a day, being afraid all the time and looking as skinny as a wet ferret while history surged around me faster than I could comprehend it. I also remember Toronto...

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What Literary Characters Are Most Like the GOP Front Runners?

(7) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 7:15 AM

A flaw makes for a good character but a flaw also make for a terrifying, if entertaining, politician. The Republican contest is with us for a while longer so to help understand the candidates better, let us turn to comparisons from literature.

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Reading Traffic Reports to Obama

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 2:19 PM

If writing and the avant-garde have a node point in 2011, it's poet and critic Kenneth Goldsmith. Over the last two decades he has popularized techniques of appropriation through his books Traffic (culled from traffic reports) and Day (one entire issue of the New York Times retyped). As a critic...

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A Literary Outlaw in Paris: Interview With Dennis Cooper

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Dennis Cooper's fiction has always been unshakable, with every spare word counting -- and bruising -- but his new novel The Marbled Swarm pushes a lush complexity to the front of the work. The wordy narrator is a dandy...

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A Horrifying Satire of Hollywood Returns

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 11:59 AM

2011-11-17-brower70s.jpgForty years ago, Brock Brower was a member of the New Journalists, the vaguely codified generation of writers who started sculpting their articles with the arcs and devices of literature. Unlike his white-suit or Hawaiian shirt-wearing brethren, Brower never became famous outside the...

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Why MFA Programs Matter

(19) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 9:30 AM

The love-hate relationship between creative writing MFA programs and writers has not changed much since Kurt Vonnegut was playfully piqued by the emerging phenomenon of writing programs in the 1960s. He liked the attention and money, but doubted that writing fiction could be taught. With intense changes in...

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There Are No Unpublished Books Anymore

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 3:23 PM

I had an idea recently for an art piece:

-Print out an unpublished novel then delete all files of it.

-Take the printout and set it on the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge and wait for a good wind. Document with video.

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