Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives. ...more
For a band wreathed with as many indictments as laurels, as many charges of settling into post-avant-garde “dad-rock” as praise for their artistry, it’s no surprise that Wilco’s always been preoccupied with getting reborn....more
Allyson McCabe talks with Ken Freedman, the general manager of WFMU (the longest-running freeform radio station in the US), about the relevance of radio, technological innovation, and a just-launched morning show. ...more
We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail from Melissa Febos! Melissa writes a beautiful, insightful letter to us about the self-indulgence of guilt, what lovers take from us when they leave, and deciding to take a temporary vow of celibacy.
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Yesterday, walking home along the wet pavement twinkling under the sunshine, I spied a flock of no fewer than twenty-four wild turkeys parading down the street, mostly chicks.
I don’t see them today, as the rain has returned, and all is gray. I live on a hill where I can look out the window to watch water running in rivulets down past the lawn towards our town’s main drag. It rains lightly but continuously, so light that I can’t see it falling in the sky, but heavy enough to create ripples in the pooled pavement water. It is only mid-afternoon but the sky is a dull, perfectly solid gray, the light diffused and dimming. The neighbors’ windows are lit with lamps. (more…)
We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Cynthia Levinson! Cynthia writes about her wishes and dreams to live somewhere else, and how today she lives in two very different places. And, their names rhyme—can you guess where she lives?
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Laurie Sheck is the author, most recently, of Island of the Mad, and A Monster’s Notes, a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for The Willow Grove, she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Granta, the Atlantic, and The Nation. She has taught at Princeton, CUNY, and Rutgers, and is currently a member of the MFA faculty at the New School. She lives in New York City. (more…)
Thursday 2/23: Celebrate the launch of Mercy Strongheart’s debut novel, A Boy Named Trout, with a live reading complete with snacks and beverages. 20% of book sales will go to the p:ear gallery. p:ear, 6:30 p.m., free.
Enjoy a free writing sampler on women writing for (a) change. Open to men and women, this event welcomes you to spend time with your own writing and meeting other writers. Hillsboro Public Library, 6:30 p.m., free.
Edward Hershey reads from his memoir, The Scorekeeper. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.
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Roof Books presents David Buuck (Co-Founder and Editor of Tripwire), Jean Day (The Triumph of Life), and Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution Laura Moriarty (Who That Divines). Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.