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Christina Oxenberg | Posted 02.28.2017 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

Just as with life itself sometimes town doesn't deliver what you're looking for. Sometimes it delivers what you need. A bat to the gut, something hard...

The Dangerous Math of Ethan Canin

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 02.26.2017 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

It's been eight years since his last novel, and Ethan Canin has returned with the dazzlingly ambitious A Doubter's Almanac, which is one part intellec...

An Illiterate Walks Into an MFA Program

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 02.19.2017 | Comedy
Benjamin Rubenstein

Despite having written two nonfiction books, I don't know how to write. Shh. Have you ever done something without knowing how but you just did it anyway and could never explain it? That's me for writing, and now I'm attending a low residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program for fiction.

The Seriously Real Female Character in Fiction Eats Real Food

Kristen Houghton | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Kristen Houghton

My character PI Cate Harlow eats. I mean really eats; normal food like pizza, panini, and pasta. And she likes her Merlot too. Add to that she's got a...

'The Widow,' A Conversation with Fiona Barton

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.16.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Fiona Barton is a British journalist who, while working for the Sunday Mail and the Daily Telegraph, spent a great deal of time in court covering trials. This exposure provided the creative spark for Fiona's debut novel.

The Night I Found Out My Man Was A Porn Star (Fiction)

D'Arcy Brishon Carter | Posted 02.09.2017 | Entertainment
D'Arcy Brishon Carter

My ex-boyfriend David told me he was a porn star on a Tuesday. I remember the day exactly because it was also my time of the month and mother-nature h...

Beale Street Talks, Vol. 4

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 02.09.2017 | Arts
Gabriel James Bump

Volumes one and two and three are available here and here and here. "My mother just told me off for frying chicken unevenly. Talking to y'all getting...

Immortality May Be More than Mere Fiction

Natalie Kalin | Posted 02.06.2017 | Science
Natalie Kalin

Immortality has long been heeded as the stuff of fiction. As a trait only possessed by Gods and spirits. But the mark of engineering is the ability to...

'The Ramblers' and Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Emily Liebert | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Emily Liebert

If you don't know who Aidan Donnelley Rowley is, you should, and you will. A native Manhattanite, ivy league graduate, author, wife, and mother, she's a luminous spirit with a talent for excavating the depths of the human soul.

Meet Author Dr.Laurie Hollman - Interview by Novelist, Lu Ann Dill

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2017 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with specialized clinical training in infant-parent, child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy. She has been...

Can a Woman Writing Romance Be Taken Seriously?

Taylor Marsh | Posted 02.02.2017 | Women
Taylor Marsh

What it took to sell romance novels is, however, instructive because of what a brutal marketing world, from traditional to social media and Facebook, you'll have to traverse to succeed today.

If the Character Is an A-Hole, Is the Author One Also?

Phil Fragasso | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Phil Fragasso

The thing is I'm okay with all of this as long as readers don't feel the same about me. That's where it gets complicated. Is Millay's "public eye" viewing me with my pants actually down or only imagining my pants being down?

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2017 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day one....

David Fincher: The Best Director of Our Time?

Ashton Chan | Posted 01.28.2017 | Entertainment
Ashton Chan

David Fincher will tell you with a straight face that he began thinking seriously about directing movies when he was eight years old. When he got olde...

Novelist Carolina De Robertis wins a Stonewall Award for her historical treatment of queer and transgender identity in THE GODS OF TANGO

Aya de Leon | Posted 01.29.2017 | Queer Voices
Aya de Leon

Internationally bestselling novelist Carolina De Robertis is one of the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards, which were announced earlier this m...

The Words After War Interview with Victoria Kelly by Matt Gallagher

Words After War | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Words After War

Victoria Kelly's poetry collection When the Men Go Off to War received widespread critical acclaim since being published in September 2015 by the Nava...

Author of the Best Selling "Magicians" Trilogy Talks About His Writing Process

Quora | Posted 01.29.2017 | Home

These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

A Love Letter to New York City Amid Gentrification

David Chiu | Posted 01.28.2017 | Home
David Chiu

In this edited interview, Ed Hamilton talks about the inspiration behind some of the stories in The Chintz Age and his thoughts on the future of New York City and gentrification.

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.28.2017 | Home
Holly Robinson

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.

A Fiction Reading List to Help You Understand the World Around You

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.28.2017 | Home
The Conversation Africa

The real world is often overwhelmingly complicated. Literature can help. This is true at universities too: courses in comparative literature offer students new insights into their chosen disciplines by unlocking new, varied perspectives.

Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.23.2017 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Long before Marilyn Monroe, another blonde bombshell glittered from the silver screen. Jean Harlow captivated audiences during the Golden Age of Holly...

Review: An Ultra High-Energy Novel About the 1999 Seattle Anti-World Trade Organization Protests

The National Book Review | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
The National Book Review

The story begins in the morning, when Victor, a young, biracial vagrant wakes up and decides to sell weed to protestors in order to buy a plane ticket. When he fails at this task, he becomes involved in the protest itself.

Complex Legacies of War, Abuse, and Immigration: Nayomi Munaweera's Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us

Sezin Koehler | Posted 01.13.2017 | Home
Sezin Koehler

From 1983 to 2006 the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka was enmeshed in one of the bloodiest civil wars of modern years, but one whose events flew...

What I Learned Writing Historical Fiction

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.09.2017 | Home
Kermit Roosevelt

Stories help us make sense of the world. Life is messy and chaotic; if there's a point to it all, that point is sometimes very hard to see. We try to impose meaning on our lives by placing experience within a narrative frame. And if we're lucky, there's a big theme that gets developed as the story goes on.

A Bit About Elizabeth Strout

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Meg Waite Clayton

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, My Name is Lucie Barton, returns to the mother-daughter turf of her debut, Amy and Isabelle, published a decade and a half ago.