“One of the seasonal blessings of each year is the fall publication of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American…” –Oct. 2, 2002

One of the seasonal blessings of each year is the fall publication of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Stories and Essays, which has been expanded in recent years to include Travel Writing, Mystery Writing, Sports Writing, Science Writing, Recipes and this year—a Dave Eggers (hmm) guest-edited Best Non-Essential Reading (more hmmm). Beyond my quibbles about the […]

Gabe Hudson

Gabe Hudson

"I don’t think it’s as easy to pigeonhole me as it might be for somebody else who just has an MFA and it looks like they were groomed to be a professional writer."

Annette Lemieux

Annette Lemieux

"If I couldn't do my work, it would be as if someone took the air out of me. It was a necessity to survive. So it would have been that or die. I didn't have a choice. So I just worked my ass off."

Darin Strauss

Darin Strauss

"The difference between a con man and a writer is that a writer thinks up these elaborate stories and puts them on the page but a con man has the guts to see if they really work."

Life on Earth Deserves to be Lived in Vegas

I was sinning in the shower this morning, thinking about the six Tony nominations this past season for Arthur Miller's revival of The Crucible on Broadway. What is there about America that craves witch-hunts? Damned if I know. And I was wishing I was in Las Vegas, "the city that has re-discovered Sin," according to

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

"My books superficially are okay and any problems that exist are so large that most editors don't either have the time or language or critical intelligence to tell me what they are."

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