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Monday’s Margins: Casino Pulitzer Remix Kickstarter

Casino Gambling Chips

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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What We’re Reading: April 2012

April’s staff reading list includes Hemingway, Ron Rash, Vanessa Veselka, Gary Lutz, James Franco and more.

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Jeffrey Ford: Tribute to a Mentor

Even students who love writing aren’t thrilled about first-year composition. If not taught well, the classwork and assignments feel routine, like practice with no chance for game time.

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Book Review: Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel

Plague Town

Dana Fredsti, novelist and former swordswoman in charge of training on Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness, manages to squeeze some fresh juice out of an idea that Buffy did better on the small screen.

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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

Vintage Underwater Photo Man looking through window at woman on lawn chair

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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National Poetry Month 2012 Open Thread

Put your poetry here, poetic people.

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The Freestyle Art of Suzuki – Branded to Kill (1967) and Toyko Drifter (1966)

Suzuki's Branded to Kill

Suzuki’s approach adheres to Godard’s dictum that all one needs for a movie is a girl and a gun.

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Monday’s Margins: Word Riot Turns 10

A lazy Monday, so I just wanted to let you know that Jackie Corley and friends have now provided you with 10 years of Word Riot. We say: Here’s to 10 more years.    

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Monday’s Margins: WILD, B*tches in Bookshops, Baseball

“The beautiful thing about memoir is also the thing that makes it the most appalling: It’s actually you on the page.”

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Identity Theory Staff Reading: March 2012

The Identity Theory staff reading list for March 2012 includes new stuff by Dan Chaon, Don Lee, Laird Hunt and more.

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Monday’s Margins: Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac

Today would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday.

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Listening to The Conversation

The Conversation movie poster

Critics have missed some thematic points that are worth exploring to further illustrate the worthiness of Coppola’s still-undervalued character study.

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