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March 2, 2013

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s Love Stories 0

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“[Ludmilla] Petrushevskaya doesn’t write about isolated acts of depravity; she writes about universal ones,” says Michael Robbins in his review of There Once Lived a Girl. “What’s scary about her narratives is their implication that only the thinnest film, which might rip at any time, separates us from the chaos and breakdown they describe.” Our […]

March 2, 2013

Barrelhouse to Start Paying 0

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Beginning with issue 12, Barrelhouse will start paying contributors. Prepare your submissions, everybody.

March 2, 2013

The Horror of Pharmacy, the Horror of Trains 0

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Nathaniel Rich, who seems to have endured his 47-hour train trip without descending into madness, describes one of his favorite historical attractions in New Orleans: the Pharmacy Museum. “There are few things in life more terrifying than antiquated medical devices,” he writes.

March 2, 2013

“And then later how we were terrible again” 0

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Recommended Reading: Guernica’s excerpt from Matt Bell’s upcoming novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods.

March 2, 2013

“Moby Ick’s more like it.” 0

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“Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Melville’s Moby-Dick“

March 1, 2013

A Model of Quiet Dissent 0

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“Born Guan Moye, he chose his pen name—“Don’t Talk”—to honor his mother’s caution against talking too much and in sardonic recognition of his failure to heed her warning. Yet I have been struck by his quiet and unassuming presence at literary conferences in Beijing, where he offered kind encouragement in private meetings but evinced a […]

March 1, 2013

Moonlighting as Ian Fleming 0

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It’s rare that you find someone as eclectic as William Boyd. Not only did the British writer’s new play (based on two of Chekhov’s short stories) debut in London this week, his upcoming novel will star none other than James Bond. (If you’re wondering, his friend Daniel Craig is not how he pictures the superspy.)

March 1, 2013

Based on a True Story 0

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Jon Methven (of This Is Your Captain Speaking) has a problem: one of his characters trashed his novel on Amazon.

March 1, 2013

Picture a Conflict 0

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Bring Back the Illustrated Book! vs. The Illustrated Book: It Never Went Away! (Bonus: our own Garth Risk Hallberg’s novella has a cameo in the latter.)

March 1, 2013

Style-Elements 0

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A question that plagues American writers: how would the lit world be different if everybody followed the rules in The Elements of Style? The answer: it would look like this.