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Real and Critical: Bridging Narrative Nonfiction and Cultural Criticism Public


We're very pleased to announce our first Sunday Summer event of 2013: Join us June 23rd at 5pm for the first in a series exploring authors who choose to bring personal narrative into their critical writing. Writers sharing their work include Michelle Orange, author of This Is Run­ning For Your Life, Jacob Silverman, freelance journalist book critic, author of the forthcoming Against Enthusiasm (and three-time Jeopardy champion!), Alexander Chee, author of the novels Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night, Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects, and Michael Robbins, author of Alien vs. Predator, and the forthcoming Equipment for Living.

Alexander's Latest Blogs

Jan.10.2011 - 5:18 pm
If I have a religion, it is probably bibliomancy, the practice of flipping books open at random and reading from the quote I find. Just now: Fear of the world produces crystals...
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Aug.06.2010 - 8:22 am
The week of the decision on Proposition 8 was also the week of the decision on "The Bachelorette." Ali Fedotowsky said yes to Roberto Martinez, one out of 25 who...
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Nov.25.2009 - 10:50 am
995 miles from Iowa to New York doesn't really describe the distance. This came in via email last night from a reader, and I was actually writing a post to address this. Q: I am...
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Sep.11.2009 - 1:34 pm
Yesterday, in my Fiction II class, as the students introduced themselves I asked them to speak about what they'd been reading over the summer. One student impressively admitted to...
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Comments from Alexander

Nov.25.2009 - 11:36 am
In response to: When To Get Your MFA. Or Not.
Marilyn, thanks for commenting. The real advice comes in part 2---this was meant to recount my own process, which, yes...
Sep.19.2009 - 8:02 pm
In response to: Why Must the Novel Be Boring?
The most gifted students typically lack work habits. They don't usually have any discipline and often don't value their...
Sep.11.2009 - 10:25 pm
In response to: Why Must the Novel Be Boring?
I tell the student it has no story. I try to read it to see if it fulfills itself. I talk about how story is one way to...
Sep.03.2009 - 1:59 pm
In response to: Bad Novel, Good Friend
Yes, I think there's likely a good reason that one writer friend goes to her for advice. 
Sep.03.2009 - 1:16 pm
In response to: Bad Novel, Good Friend
Much appreciated. Thanks for coming by. Up next: some thoughts on the judging process.