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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 that... 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 experiments and... more

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, Kevin... more

The Art of Music Fiction photo
September 26, 2014 | The Art of...

The Art of Music Fiction

Aaron Burch

Earlier this year, Tobias Carroll interviewed me and asked, “Your previous book, How to Predict the Weather, had a blurb... more

Realism Seems So Much Harder: A Conversation with James Sutter photo
September 23, 2014 | Interview

Realism Seems So Much Harder: A Conversation with James Sutter

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

A few months back, I got the opportunity to (once again) indulge the teenage... more

elizabeth ellen calls aaron burch on all his shit photo
September 5, 2014 | Interview

elizabeth ellen calls aaron burch on all his shit

Elizabeth Ellen

let’s start with my most pressing question, one you haven’t answered IRL: WHY DID YOU TURN DOWN BRAD LISTI?

A Bum is the Main Human Vocation: Joe Sacksteder Interviews Sean Kilpatrick photo
July 1, 2014 | Interview

A Bum is the Main Human Vocation: Joe Sacksteder Interviews Sean Kilpatrick

Joe Sacksteder

And here comes this very small girl – this fairly attractive small girl – getting real thug with me suddenly. Suddenly thug. This petite white girl getting suddenly thug. And she physically pushed me saying “Wrong fucking pile!” She was angry about this pile. 

Time and Resonance: An Interview with Shane Jones photo
June 25, 2014 | Interview

Time and Resonance: An Interview with Shane Jones

J.A. Tyler

Shane Jones’s Crystal Eaters begins as a countdown. The chapter numbers start at 40 and irregularly... more

Brian Allen Carr Interview photo
June 13, 2014 | Interview

Brian Allen Carr Interview

Sean Kilpatrick

Sean Kilpatrick: If you and I could be said to exist outside ye old literary camps, and I think our flags remain hygienic... more

Jason Ockert Interview photo
June 6, 2014 | Interview

Jason Ockert Interview

Patrick Siebel

Following his debut collection, Rabbit Punches (Low Fidelity Press, 2006), Neighbors of Nothing (Dzanc, 2013) marks Jason... more

An Interview with Jenny Offill photo
May 29, 2014 | Interview

An Interview with Jenny Offill

Mesha Maren

Jenny Offill is the author of Last Things, and most recently, Dept. of Speculation.  In the words of Michael... more

The Art of Fiction the Excuse photo
May 23, 2014 | The Art of...

The Art of Fiction the Excuse

Megan Stielstra

Once I was cool, things would be easy. I’d know how to put on eyeliner correctly. I’d know what music to like. I‘d... more

Young Gods: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Katherine Faw Morris photo
May 14, 2014 | Interview

Young Gods: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Katherine Faw Morris

But almost everyone is better to party with than writers. Like cops. Cops have way better stories than writers do.

SKY RAT Q&A photo
May 8, 2014 | Interview

SKY RAT Q&A

Gary J Shipley

Rauan has died before now. This revelation was not something divulged one evening when the blood had cooled and certain admissions... more

the gospel of tender rage: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Juliet Escoria photo
April 23, 2014 | Interview

the gospel of tender rage: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Juliet Escoria

We need to leave room for bad days. But we also need to be brave enough to call people out. More understanding. Less fear. If I had a gospel, this is what I would preach—the gospel of tender rage. It’s not the same as punk rock, but it’s close.

Jim Ruland: The Hobart Interview photo
April 2, 2014 | Interview

Jim Ruland: The Hobart Interview

J. Ryan Stradal

Jim Ruland talks with J. Ryan Stradal about his new collaborative book Giving The Finger, the memoirs of Bering Sea... more

An Interview with Mary Miller photo
February 4, 2014 | Interview

An Interview with Mary Miller

Amber Sparks

Mary Miller gets inside heads. I mean this in a non-creepy, invasive way, of course. It's a gift—some writers do... more

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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

A 400-page collection of poems in fours sections: Nicki Minaj Songs, Bob Dylan Songs, Elliott Smith Songs, and 90s Riot Grrrls Songs.

 

 

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!

 

 

 

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

Saul Stories is a linked collection that explores the relationships between a forty-year-old female artist, her teenaged daughter, and her daughter's friends. With ferocious realism, the book interrogates how children of differing classes and races are treated in the U.S., and the salacious and skeptical ways the current culture views cross-generational friendships. But most potently—in narratives taking place in Denny's and movie theatres and living rooms and cars—Saul Stories wonders what it means to be a woman and an artist and a mother, all at once.