Author Archives: Matt Borondy

Two or Three Things We Know About the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

Boy Kings of Texas cover

The 2012 National Book Award winners will be announced November 14th. Here are some facts you should (or shouldn’t?) know about the finalists.

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Monday’s Margins: New David Foster Wallace, Self-Publishing Answers and NaNoWriMo Advice

David Foster Wallace Both Flesh and Not cover

Notable book releases for early November 2012, writing advice for NaNoWrimo and self-publishers, a memoir of the literary life by Michele Filgate, and more.

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Live Questions from Dead Poets: Allen Ginsberg “Interviews” Tyler Stoddard Smith

Tyler Stoddard Smith

“Now we’re both feeling shame, and I’ve panicked and stolen a Faulkner word. Maybe this is how poetry happens.”

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Interview: Author Dinty W. Moore on Mindfulness and Writing

Dinty W. Moore

“By pushing sentences, words, ideas, images, around on a page…we are trying to cut through the chatter, to recognize what is true.”

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Interview: Natalie Bakopoulos, Author of The Green Shore

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“We all want to write the perfect novel. And then our own imperfect, messy, inadequate selves get in the way.”

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Monday’s Margins: Whore Stories, Surrealism, Literary Asheville

William S. Burroughs

A roundup of literary links involving Asheville, surrealism, Jess Walter, Whore Stories, Nicholson Baker, and more.

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Interview: Benjamin Buchholz, Author of One Hundred and One Nights

Benjamin Buchholz

“Throughout the book there is a current of humor, of the bizarre, perhaps even the magical.”

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Author Q&A: Kristen Iversen (Full Body Burden)

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“Keep your butt in the chair. I’ve received plenty of advice over the years, but I think this has been the most helpful. And stay away from adjectives.”

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Monday’s Margins: Blue Sky Thinking, Literary Lies and Confessions

Cloudy Blue Sky

Have you ever claimed to read a book that you never actually finished? Plus news on Jonah Lehrer, Josh Ritter, and the Million Writers Award.

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Monday’s Margins: Casino Pulitzer Remix Kickstarter

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Lit-link roundup: Pulitzer Do-Over, 50 Short Fictions at Wigleaf, Nick Antosca, Blake Butler, Alix Ohlin, TMN contest, Baffler fundraiser and more.

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Received: John Irving’s In One Person

John Irving In One Person Cover

Keywords: bisexual narrator, “sexual suspect,” Vermont, amateur theatrical society, AIDS

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Monday’s Margins: Fast Machine Apocalypses and Stephen King’s Talking Head

“You could say these stories are meant to shock, but we all know that we live in an unshockable age.”

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Monday’s Margins: I’m Nobody, Who Are You? Are You — A Pulitzer Winner — Too?

Denis Johnson Train Dreams cover

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to nobody.

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Monday’s Margins: Immerse Yourself in Small Fates, Sweet Nothings, Ways to Swim

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This week’s links include the luck of artistic success, DFW and Don DeLillo, Teju Cole’s Small Fates and more.

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Author Q&A: Michelle Haimoff (These Days Are Ours)

Michelle Haimoff

“Having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.”

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