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from Lauren Groff’s short story “L.Debard and Aliette”

In this story, “L.Debard and Aliette,” published in The Altlantic, and set during the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 in New York, Lauren Groff tells a gothic tale of love and loss.. “Before them sits a girl in a wheelchair. … Continue reading

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from the short story “Toast” by Matt Sumell…

Boy can this Sumell guy write. In this short story from the latest Paris Review Matt Sumell documents the cutting meanness, both funny and sad, of a young man towards a woman as two people find out they are not … Continue reading

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from Larry McMurtry’s memoir “Books”

In the opening to Larry McMurtry’s memoir about his passion for collecting books he describes the ranch house yard of his childhood; “The fifty yards or so between the house and the barn boiled with poultry. My first enemies were … Continue reading

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Junot Diaz on the writing process

When talking about creating fiction Junot Diaz says “if you are not lost you are in a place that someone else has already found… what’s the use of being in mapped territory…. the new requires that you be completely lost.” … Continue reading

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F Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “List of Troubles” (from his Notebooks)— List of troubles Heart burn Eczema Piles Flu Night sweats Alcoholism Infected Nose Insomnia Ruined Nerves Chronic Cough Aching teeth Shortness of Breath Falling Hair Cramps in Feet Tingling Feet Constipation Cirocis … Continue reading

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Karen Russell on what makes fiction work

What, in your opinion, makes a piece of fiction work? I think that different pleasures work for different readers—a friend of mine won’t read anything that’s not a cardiovascular sort of page-turner. I tend to care less about plot, but … Continue reading

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from “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski

  from “Ham on Rye” By Charles Bukowski; “I was in the fourth grade when I found out about it. I was probably one of the last to know, because I still didn’t talk to anybody. A boy walked up … Continue reading

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from “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick DeWitt

There are many descriptions of brutality in this book, inflicted on humans and their equine companions. But however brutal, there is often great beauty and simplicity in the prose. There is a formal elegance to the text, a rhythmic beat … Continue reading

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from short story “Vivian Relf” by Jonathan Lethem

In this passage Jonathan Lethem writes of two young people standing outside at a party trying to work out where they know each other from, feeling distinctly familiar to each other, but turning out not to be acquainted. ” In … Continue reading

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from “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen

In this scene an unmotherly mother attempts to mother a teenage daughter who has been raped; “It was shocking to see her mother in the gym and obviously shocking to her mother to find herself there. She was wearing her … Continue reading

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