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Kyle Minor reads the first story in his new collection, Praying Drunk, published in February by Sarabande Books.
The Question of Where We Begin
We begin with the trouble, but where does the trouble begin? My uncle takes a pistol and blows his brains out.
Now we may proceed to the aftermath. The removal of the body from his bedroom. The cleanup. The reading of the will. The funeral in West Palm Beach, Florida. The woman he wanted to marry, taking the ring he gave her and putting it on her finger after the death.
by James F. Thompson
Dominic Smith examines the growing number of novelists in America; author Theo Pauline Nestor offers writing tips for 2014; novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff parodies self-promotion; and other news.
by James F. Thompson
Emily Temple reveals her list of the best essays on the craft of writing; the New York Times analyzes an Italian book scandal; Titi Nguyen explores the power of holiday traditions; and other news.
Laura van den Berg reads a story excerpt from her forthcoming collection, The Isle of Youth, published in November by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
I Looked For You, I Called Your Name
Aimee Bender reads two story excerpts from her newest collection, The Color Master, published in August by Doubleday.
by Adrian Versteegh
Micropublishers secure their spot on the digital landscape by creating new apps that deliver carefully curated content to readers' mobile devices.
Rebecca Lee reads an excerpt from her story collection, Bobcat and Other Stories, published in June by Algonquin Books.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Independent bookstores may now sell Kobo tablets; Joel Lovell profiles master storyteller George Saunders in this weekend's New York Times Magazine; H. P. Lovecraft's advice to young writers; and other news.
Fiction writer Susan Steinberg reads from "Superstar," the opening story from her collection Spectacle, published in January 2013 by Graywolf Press.
I once hung out with this shit group of kids and they were just such shit.
This to say I made some mistakes.
Like breaking into this one guy’s car.
Like stealing the stereo out of that car.
I was young and I didn’t steal the stereo because I wanted the stereo.
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