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SFK Press’s Kelsey Asher ponders what it means to be a “Southern” writer, and if recently published author Maggie Mitchell and her book, Pretty Is, qualify.
Tim O’Brien’s new book, a nonfiction hybrid, is part journal about his late parenting and marriage, part memoir and confession, and part love-letter to his sons.
By Ken Elkes of http://kenelkes.wordpress.com Some musings on writing. Let’s start with three examples: 1. I was in a road traffic accident the other day. I didn’t suffer any injuries, though my car may not be repairable. Unfortunately it was my birthday. 2. I had an interesting birthday. Got into a car crash on the motorway. Not a scratch on me …
By Sydney Scrogham He left before it rained. He’s across from me on the couch, sitting crisscross applesauce, and he picks at the hem of his brown t-shirt. My hands sandwich between my legs as I bounce my knees up and down against the grey-blue couch cushions—like a butterfly without flight. Shadows from my legs …
December’s art bookmarks, including a Japanese art deco show, National Geographic, and a series from ARTnews.
In “An Eye on the Indies” contributing blogger Lanie Tankard reviews Joy Williams’s collection of vignettes Ninety Nine Stories of God from Tin House Books.
The Virtue of Villains
DeWitt Henry on the virtue of villains and writing complex antagonists, rather than attempting to write a purely “evil” character.
Magical Realism for the Current Reality
Ben Okri plays with magical realism in his latest collection of short stories, which covers many current issues in a potent manner.