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Jul.11.2008
One man has chosen to document his personal attempts to achieve the top of the homosexual heap. Joel Derfner's "Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever (Broadway Books; $23.95) began, according to the author, as an attempt to, well, become the gayest person ever. The stories he...
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Jul.08.2008
Featuring stories by Aimee Bender, Aaron Garretson and Thomas Cooper, non-fiction by Benjamin Percy, an interview with Amanda Lear, poetry by Robin Beth Schaer and Seth Perlow, our Best of Sweet Fancy Moses (.com) tribute, and the winner of the Bookmark Contest, this is one of the more oddball...
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Jun.17.2008
Winner for the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, Minyan is the story of Norbert Wilner, a man who mastered the art of arrested development. At thirty-seven, he lives in New York City, still trying to find his place in the world and still hanging out with the Jewish guys he grew up with in the...
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Jun.13.2008
The definitive book on how to "write funny" is the first to compare writing comedic screenplays with fiction and non-fiction in all forms. Using principles developed in his UCLA Extension class on Humorous Fiction and Non-Fiction and his CBS Studio Center seminars on Screenwriting,...
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Mar.10.2008
Opium recently had a sit-down with a book agent. Wetried, unsuccessfully, to spark unpretentious chatter about thestate of modern literature. The agent politely listened as weprattled on about podcasts, literary death matches, and estimatedreading times in our willfully ADD nation. When we...
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Mar.10.2008
Our original theme for Opium5 was Famous Dead Authors. We were aiming to pretend that our authors were dead, and that it was only post mortem in Opium that their work was being lionized. But the more we thought about it, the more the celebrated-in-death concept seemed antiquated. Now no one has to...