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“Does it feel a little decadent, a little end-of-empire?” A conversation with Kent Russell

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“Let’s, ah, let’s just see,” Tim said, badly missing the garbage can with his tossed empty. He watched as I started, then stopped, taking this down in my spiral ledger. I looked at him expectantly. “Brotherman, there’s no black mamba on earth with venom enough to kill me.” He made an expansive gesture with a

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March 16, 2015

“Mediating the area between inspiration and audience.” A conversation with Amy Fusselman

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We were sitting on a log about halfway down the slope, facing the way we had come. It was then that I realized that at the top of the slope, I had been so busy looking down—at the fires, the smoke, the tricky ground, and where I was stepping—that I hadn’t looked anywhere else. It

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February 16, 2015

“My obsessions have informed me greatly.” In conversation with Allison Gruber

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Generally, when I visited Wedding Town, it was as a mere ambassador from Homoville—I wore dark suits that made me look more like someone about to deliver a PowerPoint presentation on mutual funds than a guest at a friend’s celebration. But Megan’s wedding would be different. As the Maid-of-Honor, I was practically the mayor of

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February 9, 2015

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: October 5, 2014

Dog-Eared and Dispatched: October 5, 2014

Although we have our usual rundown of prize news this week (it is that season after all), we’ve also got an update on how the Authors Guild feels about Amazon (not positive) and Authors United (still up in the air). We take a quick look at a popular book tour, and round things off with

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October 5, 2014

“I saw myself as writing for a certain kind of optimism”: In Converstion With Eula Biss

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Eula Biss, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Notes from No Man’s Land, turns her focus to a cultural and personal examination of vaccination for her latest book, On Immunity: An Inoculation (Graywolf Press). Biss took the time to share her thoughts with Late Night Interview about the writing process, the complex politics and

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September 29, 2014

“The end times, they could be good times”: In conversation with Sean Wilsey

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I softly sailed up and over to one of G-Force One‘s two windows, in the emergency exits.  Direction doesn’t matter when you’re weightless.  Up and down are no longer markers.  I suddenly understood how in space there is only everywhere.  And this revelation was accompanied by the fleeting physical knowledge of what it was to

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August 11, 2014

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