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Elizabeth Ellen interviews Christa Parravani: the Interview That Almost Wasn’t photo
January 15, 2016 | Interview

Elizabeth Ellen interviews Christa Parravani: the Interview That Almost Wasn’t

Elizabeth Ellen

Eventually, I turned to memoir because I wanted to stay in scene. I craved space. I believe in the connection between poetry and memoir. It’s no coincidence that some of our best memoirs have come from poets: Mary Karr, Nick Flynn, Lucy Grealy, Mark Doty, Maggie Nelson, and Sarah Manguso—that list could go on-and-on.

How to Be a Dutiful Thing: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Chelsea Hodson photo
January 15, 2016 | Interview

How to Be a Dutiful Thing: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Chelsea Hodson

Elizabeth Ellen

According to my parents, I was obedient from birth—I emerged in silence and then slept through the night. I was just never interested in rebelling—even as a “punk,” I got good grades and was always home by curfew.

BRI and YOU: Brian Oliu says Enter Your Initials and Means It   photo
January 11, 2016 | Interview

BRI and YOU: Brian Oliu says Enter Your Initials and Means It  

Pat Siebel

Here’s a statistic: After reading Brian Oliu’s Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping, I’ve spent more of my life reading Oliu than playing basketball.

The Art of Fiction Menswear photo
November 9, 2015 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction Menswear

Aaron Burch

I've known Tom Williams for a handful of years. I think I originally met him through Barrelhouse, and I've... more

Lori Jakiela Interview photo
November 6, 2015 | Interview

Lori Jakiela Interview

Sandra Newman

In her third memoir, Belief is its own kind of truth, Maybe, Lori Jakiela uses a collage-style structure to write... more

Questions for Rachel B. Glaser photo
October 23, 2015 | Interview

Questions for Rachel B. Glaser

Sabra Embury

I've respected Rachel B. Glaser's sense of mischief for years. When I heard she'd written a novel, Paulina... more

Interview with Lincoln Michel photo
October 13, 2015 | Interview

Interview with Lincoln Michel

Jessica Thompson

I just finished reading Upright Beasts. I adored it. Thank you for writing the stories and putting them together in a... more

Alfred Wichly interviews Sucker June author Sean Kilpatrick photo
September 1, 2015 | Interview

Alfred Wichly interviews Sucker June author Sean Kilpatrick

Alfred Wichly

Kilpatrick on the artist’s political responsibilities (these are apparently multiple): Hate has more borders than I can muster into the capability of a vision. That’s why I scream in short bursts. 

The Nicest Guy in the World: An Interview with Arthur Bradford photo
August 31, 2015 | Interview

The Nicest Guy in the World: An Interview with Arthur Bradford

Kevin Maloney

  “Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading... more

Blackout: an Interview with Sarah Hepola photo
August 11, 2015 | Interview

Blackout: an Interview with Sarah Hepola

Chloe Caldwell

the defining experience of Western women today is internal conflict

Anger Is Never Just Anger: an Interview with Sarah Gerard photo
August 5, 2015 | Interview

Anger Is Never Just Anger: an Interview with Sarah Gerard

Elle Nash

There were tears. When I’m writing about the past, I’m aiming to come to a place where I can feel or understand something that I’ve previously never been able to resolve. Or feel something other than anger, because anger is never just anger.

My God This Piece of Shit World Sure is Pretty Sometimes: An Interview with Kevin Maloney photo
July 10, 2015 | Interview

My God This Piece of Shit World Sure is Pretty Sometimes: An Interview with Kevin Maloney

Pat Siebel

I began reading a PDF of Cult of Loretta, but stopped a few... more

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 2 photo
July 6, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 2

Rebecca and I read Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and talked about it.

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 1 photo
June 17, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Klaes, Part 1

Going to school full-time and raising two kids definitely involves a lot of reading, but does it make you a reader?

What a Weird Game of Dominoes: A Conversation with Alex Jiang  photo
June 12, 2015 | Lazy Wolf, Interview

What a Weird Game of Dominoes: A Conversation with Alex Jiang 

Pat Siebel

Last fall, Aaron tweeted something about accepting a few comics from a nine... more

Non-Reader Spotlight: Elizabeth Olson, Part 1 photo
June 4, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Elizabeth Olson, Part 1

With all of these other endeavors, Elizabeth's reading life has changed markedly, and she was kind enough to talk to me about it.

Non-Reader Spotlight: Seth Fein and Justine Bursoni, Part 1 photo
May 22, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Seth Fein and Justine Bursoni, Part 1

How do two cultural dynamos get away with never reading?

Non-Reader Spotlight: Bot or Not? photo
May 2, 2015 | Non-Reader Spotlight

Non-Reader Spotlight: Bot or Not?

Jac Jemc

“Surely there are lonely people out there who would like to talk to me about the books they ignore.”

Bipolar Cowboys: Noah Cicero in conversation with Juliet Escoria photo
February 16, 2015 | Interview

Bipolar Cowboys: Noah Cicero in conversation with Juliet Escoria

Juliet Escoria

The Noah Cicero who answered Juliet Escoria’s questions, he is already gone and to take it farther he wasn’t even there before he answered the questions. The Noah Cicero that answered the questions was only that Noah Cicero.

She Scares Me a Little: An Interview with Laird Hunt photo
January 20, 2015 | Interview

She Scares Me a Little: An Interview with Laird Hunt

Joseph Riippi

There was something so sublimely satisfying about reading Laird Hunt’s Neverhome this year... more

I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews director Horam Kim photo
January 9, 2015 | Interview

I Love You, Apple, I Love You, Orange: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews director Horam Kim

When I think of mumblecore, I think of Dick Tracy and pornography, low budget films, naturalistic performances, Andrew Bujalski, and pimples. We never set out to make any particular type or genre of film. We just wanted to make our film.

More Extreme: Talking with Lance Olsen on FC2's 40th Birthday photo
November 17, 2014 | Interview

More Extreme: Talking with Lance Olsen on FC2's 40th Birthday

Rachel Levy

Founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America’s best-known ongoing literary... more

Bow Down Bitches, or, What Makes a Catchy Headline: an interview with Elizabeth Ellen photo
November 16, 2014 | Interview

Bow Down Bitches, or, What Makes a Catchy Headline: an interview with Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

This isn’t an apology. I’m not a celebrity. 

The Challenge: An Interview with Litsa Dremousis on Writing about Death, Grief, and Getting Better photo
October 27, 2014 | Interview

The Challenge: An Interview with Litsa Dremousis on Writing about Death, Grief, and Getting Better

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

Here's the full disclosure: A few months ago,... more

"[I] Feel Like The Queen Of Laughing At Fucked Up Things" photo
September 30, 2014 | Interview

"[I] Feel Like The Queen Of Laughing At Fucked Up Things"

Jordan Castro

An Interview With Mallory Whitten, "one of the realest people" Jordan has ever met.

Recent Books

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Flashes of Life

Micah Ling

Featuring poems that engage songs by artists ranging from The White Stripes to Bruce Sprinsteen, David Bowie to Otis Redding; lists of albums; daily timestamps as poems; remixes and everything in between; Flashes of Light evokes not just the way we listen to music, but all the ways we interact with the music in our life.

 

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Over For Rockwell

Uzodinma Okehi

They say it takes an average person about 10 years to master a given thing. This was my thinking in 1995 when I dropped out of college in Iowa City to draw comics.

 

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Baseball Handbook

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We’ve had the idea and wanted to do some kind of “best of our online baseball issues” for years, and here is one iteration of that book. We’ve been doing it for so long (this year is our 13th!), we have too many favorites, so we made some arbitrary rules...