Posts by: Elizabeth Word Gutting

The Festival of Earthly Delights

“The Festival of Earthly Delights,” by Matt Dojny

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When asked by Necessary Fiction to describe the research for his debut novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights, Matt Dojny hand-wrote a scrawling response filled with oddities, doodles, and this moment of witty insight: “But, you’re asking, what kind of research went into the creation of this novel? I just wrote the thing. I lived […]

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billy lynn's long halftime walk, ben fountain

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain

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Anyone who aspires to write will find the story of Ben Fountain—and the story of how his first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, came to be —both inspiring and heart-rending. Fountain began writing fiction at the age of thirty. He did not begin by dabbling, dangling pretty sentences together in the mornings before work or the hours after.

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