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Mar.23.2014
When Willy Vlautin’s first book, Motel Life, came out, I brought it with me to the beach house where my family (parents, siblings, spouses, kids, etc.) meet up for a week every summer. I read it in an afternoon, loved it, and passed it on. By the end of the week no less than six people across three...
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Jun.18.2013
I was thrilled to be interviewed by Marshal Zeringue about my wacked-out dog, Pippa. She's an 11-year old toy poodle who sees herself as a badass, punk-rock private school girl. Every day she tries to leave the house in a kicky little plaid skirt, Doc Martins, and a ripped Sex Pistols T-shirt. To...
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Jun.10.2013
There are ways in which I’m fearless (although I’m struggling to come up with them now) and there ways in which I’m a complete coward.  Reading my work aloud terrifies me, but I am always willing to do it as I don’t believe I can just silently write (in my mind, at my dining room table, in the...
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Jun.07.2013
My sister was the needy one (asthma and an OCD that led her out of the house at night into the complete darkness—our house backed on to a lemon orchard—where she had to tap the playhouse fifteen times before going to bed), my brother was the smart one (skipping a grade, speaking multiple...
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Apr.01.2013
Gina Frangello is the author of the novel My Sister’s Continent  and the story collection Slut Lullabies.  She is one of the most bold, fearless, unhindered writers I’ve ever read. After reading the manuscript of My Sister’s Continent, one editor was quoted as having said, “I couldn’t...
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Feb.11.2013
Everything young adult novelist Sean Beaudoin writes is cutting-edge, fast-moving, and fun. If you haven’t read his first three books (Going Nowhere Faster; Fade to Blue; and You Killed Wesley Payne) you’ll probably want to after you devour his newest book, The Infects...
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Dec.01.2012
The incredibly charming and talented Susan McCallum-Smith pulled me in to a blogging tag-team game called The Next Big Thing.  Here are the questions she sent:  What is the working title of your book? The Wonder Bread Summer Where did you get the idea for this book? When I was 20-years...
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Oct.16.2012
(Originally posted at The Weeklings, October 10th, 2012.) Point/Counterpoint is a beloved feature that first appeared in the fall 1972 edition of the Weeklings. PC/P is the product of an intellectual tradition hearkening back to storied Oxford debate squads and the golden age of radio, in which...
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Oct.11.2012
If you don’t know who Junot Díaz is, you should.  His writing stands out as startlingly original in a world that often feels crammed with literary replication.  He is the author of Drown; he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; and he is the author of the newly...
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Aug.22.2012
My novel, DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME, is based on events that happened to my family over the course of years.  The novel starts when the three grown children return home to their mother who has just suffered a severe heart attack.  While they’re waiting for her to live or die, the novel...