“We all want to write the perfect novel. And then our own imperfect, messy, inadequate selves get in the way.”
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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.”
“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.”
“Having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”
Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.
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.
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.
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.
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.