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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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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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Interview: Antonya Nelson, Author of Bound

Antonya Nelson

“I always start with the notion that I am going to write a short story. I don’t mind writing a novel, but I never set out to write one.”

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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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Lit Q&A: Bethanne Patrick, Book Maven

Bethanne Patrick

“Literature took me…to places where people overcome their limitations, and to places where they don’t. The latter may be the most important way literature engages us, reminding us of our common humanity.”

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Interview: John H. Summers on The Baffler

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Historian and publisher of the renascent Baffler magazine, John H. Summers has not exactly taken a direct route to heading a publication whose significance he compares to Dwight Macdonald’s mid-century journal, Politics.

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Author Q&A: Dan Chaon (Stay Awake)

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“Certain books tell us that we are not alone. And that can be life-saving.”

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Author Q&A: Julianna Baggott (Pure)

Julianna Baggott

“Writing, for me, is the daily practice of empathy. Reading should be a practice of empathizing too. Each time we step into another person’s world view, we broaden who we are as people.”

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Author Q&A: Nick Antosca (The Obese)

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“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”

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Interview: Alex Shakar, Author of Luminarium

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Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.

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Interview: Ryan Boudinot, Author of Blueprints of the Afterlife

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Five years ago, the short story collection The Littlest Hitler hit bookshelves, announcing Ryan Boudinot as one of our funniest and most exciting new writers.

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Pete Hamill

Self-described “aging Celtic scribe” Pete Hamill is, in the argot of our time, an old-school journalist and writer. Born in Brooklyn during the 20th century’s Great Depression, he was a high school dropout whose first interests were in the visual arts.

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5 Questions: Summer Block Talks About Editing "The Foghorn," An Online Comedy Magazine

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In addition to editing The Foghorn, Summer Block has published essays, short fiction, and poetry in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Identity Theory, DIAGRAM, Monkeybicycle, PANK, and many other publications.

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Daniel Okrent

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Diligently and exhaustively researched, Okrent’s Last Call makes clear the numerous and varied parts to the complex story of America’s “noble experiment” to outlaw the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

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