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The Rumpus Interview With Brenda Miller

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Author Brenda Miller discusses the lyric essay, her "poet self" who always bleeds through, and what she's writing about next. ...more

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Paul Lisicky

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The Rumpus Book Club talks with Paul Lisicky about his new book The Narrow Door>/em>, how much of your story you own, and the importance of reading your own work aloud. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Jane Ciabattari and Grant Faulkner

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Jane Ciabattari, Vice President/Online of the National Book Critics Circle, and Grant Faulkner, NaNoWriMo director and 100 Word Story co-founder, talk flash fiction. ...more

The Skeleton of a Story

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Over at Brevity’s nonfiction blog, author Janice Gary talks about how to structure a nonfiction story:

Fiction writers start with nothing and create a world. Memoirists start with an entire universe that already exists. We are more like sculptors than painters, relying on the advice of Michelangelo, who supposedly said he made the statue of David by taking away everything in the stone that was not David.

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Here Are Some Stories Seth Likes

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been a-Rumpusing, but I got this email from the talented Ashley Bethard thanking me for including her in an old Here Are Some Stories I Like link list, and I got to thinking about  how much I loved doing those, so I asked Isaac if I could do them again, and he said yes.

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The Untidy World

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“In truth, memory’s great betrayal, that it will not lie intact in wait for us, is lament enough to revisit in every generation. This is what I go to nonfiction for, the way we pick at the scab, poke our finger in the wound of memory’s fickle and existential transience, and the inconvenience of our desire to make things whole and right.”

At Brevity, Liz Stephens reflects on fact and nonfiction, articulating her loss of trust in John D’Agata’s narrative nonfiction, which she examines by way of a contrast to David Shields’ Reality Hunger, and none other than Cheryl Strayed’s “The Love of My Life.”

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Here’s Some Essays I Like

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A couple weeks ago, I linked to a bunch of very short stories — stories that were superbly written but that only took a few moments to read.

People seemed to like that, so today, I’m doing the same thing with essays:

“There is a hole in the ozone layer but they say not to worry though the sheep who bear unfiltered light have milky eyes.”  — At elimae, “Dark Energy” by A’Dora Phillips.

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