Stephen Elliott

Notes From Book Tour #7: Notes

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I landed in Washington, D.C. and went to the Lincoln Memorial where I did a short reading and Q&A for Barrel House Magazine. It was a quickly put together event and there were only maybe ten or eleven people. We went out for a drink after and it was fun but it also reminded me […]

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Book Tour Interviews #2: Padma Viswanathan

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(I’m interviewing people I meet as I tour across the country) Padma Viswanathan moved to Fayetteville in the summer of 2006. Before Fayetteveille she lived in Tuscon where she did an MFA in creative writing and before that she lived in San Francisco with my ex-girlfriend.

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BOOK TOUR INTERVIEWS: #1 Claire Watkins

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For the next couple of months I’m on book tour for my memoir, The Adderall Diaries. It occurred to me to start interviewing some of the people I meet. I’m hoping not to interview the most interesting or eccentric people. I’m going to focus instead on the people I spend the most time with, often […]

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Notes From Book Tour #2: About That

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Last night was my second home reading, in Austin, Texas. There were close to 30 people. Amanda Eyre Ward brought brisket. I read at the front of the living room, near the kitchen. Doug Dorst opened for me and Book People, the local bookstore, sold books. I did a long reading, quite a bit longer […]

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THE EDITOR’S DESK: The Part About Writing For Free

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I followed some links this morning that brought me to this, Why I Write For Free, which is kind of an indictment of this, by Benjamin Kunkel, which is kind of an indictment of reading and writing for free online. And there’s this, from Gawker, equating writing for free with slave labor, and this approving […]

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THE EDITOR’S DESK: How to Market Your Life

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If you subscribed to The Daily Rumpus, this is the email you would have received this morning: ** HOW TO MARKET YOUR LIFE It turns out there’s four table legs when it comes to getting people out to an event. This is just what I’m thinking, because The Rumpus is doing so many events that […]

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An Oral History of Myself #5: Kevin

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In 2005 I began interviewing people I grew up with. Because I left home at thirteen and spent four years in group homes, my social network was significantly wider than most people of that age. What’s most interesting about these interviews turns out not so much to be the things we remember differently as the […]

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An Oral History of Myself #4: Aaron

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In 2005 I began interviewing people I grew up with. Because I left home at thirteen and spent four years in group homes, my social network was significantly wider than most people of that age. What’s most interesting about these interviews turns out not so much to be the things we remember differently as the […]

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An Oral History of Myself #3: Dan

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In 2005 I began interviewing people I grew up with. Because I left home at thirteen and spent four years in group homes, my social network was significantly wider than most people of that age. What’s most interesting about these interviews turns out not so much to be the things we remember differently as the […]

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