Famous First Words


“Well, my man, you’ve served in the army.” This pronouncement is made with complete confidence and without the benefit of any prior knowledge of the subject’s personal history. A response comes back quickly. “Aye, sir.” “Not long discharged?” The slight inflection of inquiry here is a procedural formality. “No, sir.” “A Highland regiment?” Muted astonishment … continue reading »

Caitlin Doughty

2014-09-16 Caitlin Doughty

Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week guest host Candace Opper talks with Caitlin Doughty, Los Angeles-based mortician, founder of The Order of the Good Death, and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory. Candace and Caitlin discuss the transition from blogging to writing a book, the legacy of … continue reading »

Sara Quinn Rivara


I encountered Sara Quinn Rivara’s chapbook, Lake Effect (Aldrich Press) while reading books for the LNL Debut-litzer, and I was anxious for a conversation with the poet herself. I was most captivated by Sara’s language, the way she writes about personal subjects without sounding confessional. The Midwest landscapes in her poems were at once familiar … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared and Dispatched: September 14, 2014

Heartening news this week, as it turns out that young people do read after all. There are also plenty of literary events to be interested in, and big questions are being raised, too, about how publishing plays into politics (or vice versa). Plenty of footnotes on a variety of topics (Apple, Oyster, Harry Potter) for … continue reading »

(M)addie, a webcomic


Melissa Mylchreest


For Jolene            b. December 10, 2010, Pablo, MT Scrap, small leaving of a night and its wild biology            hound-bodies unfenced and wrought-up, sly coupling of the junkyard, car a rusted crib, weed-bound hulk of comfort for            one, two, three, and then you, mewling mess of kinked ears and blood, pink pads, the echo            of a … continue reading »