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“In a way, the poems were hidden even from me.” A conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

In this week’s Late Night Interview, Atelier26 Books publisher M. Allen Cunningham and author Elizabeth Rosner discuss her autobiographical poetry collection, GRAVITY, a deeply personal exploration of family, language, memory and history from a daughter of Holocaust survivors. M. ALLEN CUNNINGHAM: There’s a passage in Patricia Hampl’s memoir A Romantic Education, which seems to me

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January 12, 2015

“Much of the story existed in the contrast.” In conversation with Kerry Howley

My theory about octagons is this: There is really only one octagon, and that one flickers in and out of existence over space and time, such that the very same octagon is summoned to consciousness over and over again. The fighters all know they have something to summon; why else the little bow at the

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January 5, 2015

“You could feel the impending cataclysm.” A conversation with Val Wang

I read somewhere that Westerners typically cast themselves as the protagonists of their own memoirs, while Asians are usually bit players in theirs, one mere star in a great constellation. I had gone abroad intending to have swashbuckling foreign adventures and to get as far away as possible from turgid family psychodramas with Confucian overtones.

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December 22, 2014

Sean Davis

In those couple of days, it was like we weren’t at war at all. I heard no one talk about it, and there was little mention of it on the news. In LA, nobody gives a shit about anything but LA. A ridiculous thought crossed my mind: maybe the war didn’t exist. Maybe I could

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June 6, 2014

Minimalist Living: A Conversation with Ken Ilgunas

 “This is what I came for, after all: an adrenaline overload, a blow, a shock to my system – something that would charge every fiber of my body with screaming life; something that would scare the suburbs right out of me.” – Ken Ilgunas, from Walden on Wheels *** As a well-intentioned frugalist and ignorer of most

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January 13, 2014

Rookie Report: Karen Dietrich

The Girl Factory Globe Pequot Press October, 2013 Ever since we learned how to write in cursive, I see serifs everywhere. I’m left-handed, so I’m taught to slant my paper and hold my pencil in a certain way. Lefthanders are notorious for sloppy penmanship, but not me. Mrs. Swan praises my daily writing exercises. My

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October 11, 2013

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