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Edan Lepucki: The Post-Apocalyptic Domestic Drama

Edan Lepucki: The Post-Apocalyptic Domestic Drama

The author of California on her influences, writing about marriage, and “the foreplay paragraph.”

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×

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The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

We love Mira Jacob’s debut novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Dazzling and irreverent, witty and profound, this is a family saga of the most engaging kind: heartbreaking, hopeful, and alive on the page — which is why we had to […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

In a 1958 interview, Steve Allen tried to boil his trade down to the essence with the sentence “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.”  The central insight gives the SNL writer her or his due for wrestling with the same essential […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead and Ted Thompson traverse similar terrain in their sharp-eyed novels, balancing the darkly comic with poignant insight, through characters unprepared — and unwilling — for their own, bred-in-the-bone ideas of home and self to slip and shift. Family […]

Posted by × July 4, 2014 ×

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The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The “Pope of Trash” talks about hitting the road and discovering America in his hitchhiking adventure Carsick.

Posted by × June 18, 2014 ×

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The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

What’s the line between a writer’s life and a writer’s truth?  Two novelists pursue the “$64,000 question.”

Posted by × June 18, 2014 ×

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Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

The author of the beloved Easy Rawlins series on patrolling a bold new beat: the adult film industry.

Posted by × June 11, 2014 ×

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Write Your Biggest Idea: Smith Henderson and Phillip Meyer

Write Your Biggest Idea: Smith Henderson and Phillip Meyer

Two of today’s best young writers – and sometime collaborators – on ambition, the separation anxiety of finishing a novel, and American history’s dangerous frontiers.

Posted by × June 6, 2014 ×

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Despair and Ecstasy:  Lily King on Euphoria

Despair and Ecstasy: Lily King on Euphoria

The novelist on how an episode torn from the life of Margaret Mead blossomed into a novel.

Posted by × June 4, 2014 ×

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No Time for Boredom: Geoff Dyer Goes to Sea

No Time for Boredom: Geoff Dyer Goes to Sea

The British essayist on his U.S. Navy immersion.

Posted by × June 3, 2014 ×

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Writing Towards Surprise: Bret Anthony Johnston and Jennifer duBois

Writing Towards Surprise: Bret Anthony Johnston and Jennifer duBois

Two young novelists on alligators, MFAs, and the dangers of confusing fiction with fact.

Posted by × May 20, 2014 ×

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Twice Upon a Time: Hari Kunzru

Twice Upon a Time: Hari Kunzru

The author of Gods Without Men looks for the music — and multiple souls — of a city.

Posted by × May 20, 2014 ×

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The Art of the Bluff: Colson Whitehead and The Noble Hustle

The Art of the Bluff: Colson Whitehead and The Noble Hustle

A novelist goes in pursuit of risk and reward World Series of Poker.

Posted by × May 14, 2014 ×

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Jo Baker & Evie Wyld: Stepping Out of the Story

Jo Baker & Evie Wyld: Stepping Out of the Story

Two novelists on the obsessions that give birth to fiction.

Posted by × May 13, 2014 ×

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George Saunders: The Kind Side

George Saunders: The Kind Side

The award-winning author on Zen monks, the man in Anton Chekhov’s closet, and the commencement address that became his new book, Congratulations, by the way.

Posted by × May 7, 2014 ×