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Books: Digital or Print?

One summer back in the third grade, when I was, if possible, nerdier than I am today, I created a book fort in the back corner of my closet. I pinned postcards to the walls with blue pieces of sticky tack, hammered a green blanket over my head as a tent, and stacked all of […] Continue reading

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Setting the Tone for Climate Change Literature

I have a habit of writing late at night. I set up a chair at my kitchen window, prop my laptop on the sill, and gaze out at the 2 a.m. Nashville pastoral. It’s the same view every night. There’s the quiet calm of the empty bank parking lot, the dimmed lights of the closed […] Continue reading

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Time to Change the Road We’re On

Hey there literature lovers, it’s been awhile. Let’s just say the obvious: it’s my fault, not yours. I haven’t kept up with you as a good friend should, and all I can offer you are my few feeble excuses. I blame my blogging truancy on the combined forces of post-finals burnout and a holiday-treat-induced torpor, […] Continue reading

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Bibliopocalypse Bullshit

If you’re a literature lover, you’ve probably grown weary of false prophets proclaiming The End of the Book. It’s easy to shake your head and smirk at the world’s December 21st doomsday preoccupations, but rumors of the publishing apocalypse have bombarded the literary world for a long time now, and such discussions still make us […] Continue reading

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Write High and Edit Sober

Hey there literature lovers,
Guess what? Last week Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use. I bet you knew that already.
Whether you agree with the new laws or not, the precedent of substance-inspired prose was set a long, long ti… Continue reading

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Short Story: Election Day

Bare with me here. I’m experimenting with new ways to make fiction relevant and timely (which in many ways isn’t the purpose of fiction), so I submit to you this story, which revolves around Tuesday’s election. Got any comments or critiques? Let me know. Election Day It was election day. Election day! All that morning the […] Continue reading

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The Case for Lilac Prose

Dear literature lovers, have you grown sick of simple sentences? Deadened to the doldrums of dry, dusty prose? Benumbed by the banal? You’re not alone. I, and at least one other guy, agree with you. And after all, don’t we have a right to be upset? These days American literature has taken on the drab […] Continue reading

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Strutting Across the Author Platform

This is a big one everybody. Get ready. Don your chunky yellow hard hat and your white paper mouth masks and the oversized plastic goggles that make the rounds of your eyes expand to the size of fish bowls. You ready?  You good? Because this is explosive. Drumroll, everyone… I JUST PUBLISHED MY NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!! TELL […] Continue reading

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Blogs to Read When Your Apartment is Shaking

If you are like me, which is to say you live on the fourth floor of a dilapidated apartment building with no elevator, no couch, and no kitchen table, not to mention the fact that the windows rattle in their frames with every burst of thunder that shakes the building (twice in the past minute), […] Continue reading

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The Most Beautiful Things

The Most Beautiful Things

“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.” – John Steinbeck

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Read “Birnam Wood” by T. Coraghessan Boyle

My aunt learned to read tarot cards in college as a party trick. Now, every New Years when she comes to visit, she’ll pull out her stack of cards from their purple velvet pouch, shuffle them between her long-nailed hands, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Read Drunk; Analyze Sober

It’s time to declare the new age of the short story. It’s time to laud the concise. It’s time to realize that in this day and age of blogs and online journals and YouTube videos, print media—books and newspapers, especially—are … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fresh Meat for Turtles

Koi don’t go for worms, and they’re not suckers for bait, either. People don’t fish koi because they’re bottom feeders—fish who spend their time nibbling algae from green-fuzzed rocks—and the koi wouldn’t be tempted by the likes of a flashing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Paying for Online Book Reviews | Is It Wrong?

Reblogged from Peter Galen Massey's Book Blog: In Sunday’s New York Times Business section, David Streitfeld reports on self-published authors paying for reviews of their books on the internet. The article focuses on Todd Rutherford and his now-defunct company,, … Continue reading Continue reading

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