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Shaping, Containing, and Dissecting Emotion in Kristen Radtke’s SEEK YOU: A JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN LONELINESS

October 26, 2021

  By Stephanie Trott • I learned to love long-form graphic narratives during a time often associated with loneliness: college. Neither wunderkind nor department darling, I often felt an imposter in my undergraduate English classes and struggled to determine one…

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Hybrid Interview: Alexandra Kleeman

October 19, 2021

  Essay by Claire Lobenfeld • Alexandra Kleeman’s latest novel Something New Under the Sun is a book about plague. Not necessarily about sickness—although there is an age-agnostic form of dementia in its pages—but the Biblical kind. A novelist moves…

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“Keeping to Eat”: Nourishment for the Literary Mind, Fall 2021

October 5, 2021

In Montréal, the newlyweds delay the satisfaction of my hunger. The duo drifts forward down Rue Saint-Sulpice, not more than one hundred steps outside the Notre-Dame Basilica with its archways and neon blues and vaulted ceilings tumbling with 24-karat gold…

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Interview: Pik-Shuen Fung

September 28, 2021

  Pik-Shuen Fung’s Ghost Forest was first a visual artwork that evolved into a manuscript, which then became her debut novel. The story is a lyrical and tender one written in vignettes about a daughter grieving her father. The unnamed…

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Classics in the Maze: Michael Ende’s THE MIRROR IN THE MIRROR: A LABYRINTH

September 14, 2021

  utque ope virginea nullis iterata priorum ianua difficilis filo est inuenta relecto —Ovid, Metamorphoses Das stammt alles aus anderen Zeiten. —Michael Ende, Der Spiegel im Spiegel. Ein Labyrinth   Essay by Tamara Beneyto • Writer Michael Ende is mainly…

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On (Not) Tracking Movement

August 31, 2021

  By Mike Goodwin • Part I: In Action On its own, readers see a sentence like the opening of Raymond Carver’s “The Bath” which reads, “Saturday afternoon the mother drove to the bakery in the shopping center,” and react…

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Hybrid Interview: Matt Bell

August 17, 2021

  Essay by Jesse Motte • Matt Bell’s new novel, Appleseed, explores the climate-disaster subgenre through an interlocking system of storytelling whereby myth, legend, and Bell’s own originality converge. The novel follows three characters as they navigate the spaces between…

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Flesh and Blood Ideas in J.M. Coetzee’s ELIZABETH COSTELLO

August 3, 2021

  By Maggie Kast • When I’ve given a character my own thoughts on a subject close to my heart, I’ve heard critiques of my writing like, “Sounds authorial,” or, “Your character wouldn’t say that—those are your ideas.” Explication by…

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The Second Iceberg Theory

July 27, 2021

  By Matthew Duffus • Every fiction writer I know is familiar with Ernest Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory,” explained most succinctly in Death in the Afternoon, his nonfiction book on bullfighting: “If a writer of prose knows enough about what he…

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“Keeping to Eat”: Nourishment for the Literary Mind, Summer 2021

July 20, 2021

  In Montréal, the newlyweds delay the satisfaction of my hunger. The duo drifts forward down Rue Saint-Sulpice, not more than one hundred steps outside the Notre-Dame Basilica with its archways and neon blues and vaulted ceilings tumbling with 24-karat…

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