Posts Tagged: Lincoln Michel

What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner

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While we can’t promise that 2018 won’t find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration.

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Notable NYC: 10/28–11/3

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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Notable NYC: 8/19–8/25

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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Notable NYC: 6/10–6/16

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Saturday 6/10: Katie Kitamura and others join AmpLit Fest. Pier i, West 70th Street, Noon, Free. Sunday 6/11: Hafizah Geter, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, Lara Mimosa Montes, Cathy Linh Che, Lucas De Lima, and Carly Joy Miller join the Dead Rabbits Reading Series. DTUT, 8 p.m., free. Matt DiPentima, Etan Nchin, Iris Cohen, and Jen DeGregorio […]

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Writing = Work = Job

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Settling the debate about whether “writer” is job that arose with Merritt Tierce’s Marie Claire essay about going broke post-debut novel, and a response piece by Ester Bloom at The Billfold calling writing a hobby, Lincoln Michel finds a middle ground between the two stances, arguing at Electric Literature that yes, writing should be considered a job—and the […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Publishing

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At Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel talks about the “taboo” topic of book sales, and offers some advice for writers: Writers should absolutely write with an eye toward art, not markets. Thinking about sales while creating art rarely produces anything good. But I’m still naïve enough to think that knowledge is always better than ignorance, and […]

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Fairytales Still Make Our Skin Crawl

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Fairytales can be seen as formulaic, but these formulas provide the bones for modern writers to fill in as they please; adaptations of classic fairytales are still making bestseller lists and hitting the box office every few months, showing how versatile these classic tales can be, as Lincoln Michel points out over at the Guardian. The nondescript […]

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Notable NYC: 4/23–4/29

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Saturday 4/23: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Jadele McPherson, t’ai freedom ford, and Val Jeanty read poems of surrealism and politics. High Line Park at 23rd Street, 3 p.m., free. Tonya Foster celebrates Swarm of Bees with Marcella Durand, Charles Bernstein, Erica Hunt, R. Erica Doyle, Rich Blint, Tyehimba Jess, and Susan Bernofsky. Poets House, 4 […]

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Tech Companies Profit While Writers Starve

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Digital media companies are suddenly worried about declining ad revenue, and the venture capitalists funding these companies have also turned off the faucet of cash as they realize that success stories like BuzzFeed and Mashable are not the unicorns everyone thought they were. Instead, the big winners have been the technology companies like Google and […]

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Books Without Authors

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At Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel wonders why readers care so much about Elena Ferrante’s “real” identity, particularly when the anonymous author has made it clear that she believes books “have no need of their authors” after they’ve been penned. Michel writes: Still, the greater question is why anyone cares? The obsession with Ferrante’s identity seems […]

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Agents and Editors and Readers! Oh My!

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At Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel offers a sharp response to a recent Atlantic article that explores how MFA programs have influenced contemporary literature: The MFA is only two to three years out of a writer’s life. Those years don’t outweigh decades of signaling from the publishing industry, major newspapers, and magazines about what type of fiction is popular […]

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Art Is Not A Formula

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Electric Literature’s Lincoln Michel writes a rebuttal to a recent Atlantic article “All Stories Are The Same,” which attempts to reduce stories to basic formulas. Michel argues: These self-congratulatory attempts to reduce art to formula rarely tell us anything useful about stories. These formulas don’t tell us how stories function or how different narratives affect readers. They don’t tell […]

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A Rumpus Book Club Subscription Makes a Great Gift

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We’re at that point in the holiday shopping season where if you don’t already have a gift for someone, you either have to deal with the other last-minute shoppers in stores, pay an outrageous shipping rate online and hope the post office/shipping company gets it to you on time… or buy something a little more abstract, […]

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Notable NYC: 12/12–12/18

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Saturday 12/12: Diana Hamilton and Steve McCaffery join the Segue series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Many people read Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Housing Works, 1 p.m., free. Brian Matthew Kim, Ann Podracky, Jolie Hale, and Jason N. Fischedick join the Oh, Bernice! reading series. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free. Thomas Sayers Ellis, Ailish […]

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Keep Working, Keep Submitting

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Electric Literature’s editor-in-chief Lincoln Michel released his debut collection of stories, Upright Beasts, earlier this year. For the Quivering Pen, Michel explores the challenges first-time authors experience in writing and submitting their work to publishers: It would be nice here to craft a story of how those first publications inspired me to new heights of […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Lincoln Michel

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Lincoln Michel talks about his debut short story collection, Upright Beasts, his interest in monsters, and what sources of culture outside of literature inspire him.

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Notable NYC: 10/10–10/16

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Saturday 10/10: Katie Degentesh and Katy Bohinc join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Christopher Lee, Sarah Thomas, Nathan Myers, Karen Less, Bradman, Nicole Basta, Christian Polanco, Katie Haller, and Padty join the Say Yes series. 1013 Pacific Street, 8 p.m.., free. Monday 10/12: Matt Bell, Lincoln Michel, Merritt Tierce, and Naomi Jackson […]

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American Horror Fiction

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How we ended up in those backwoods hills was Iris said we needed to ‘get a little air,’ and Dolan added, ‘country air!’ and that was that. Iris was my lover, and Dolan was her roommate I’d never liked. All of us were alive, at that point. Lincoln Michel has a new short story, “Dark […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Presents… (With a Special Offer)

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There’s never been a better time to join The Rumpus Book Club, either by the month or by the year. If you join now, we’ll throw in a bonus: your choice of the Rumpus Tote Bag or the Rumpus Quotes Mug! This offer is for a limited time only, and is available only to new subscribers and […]

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Are Romance Novels Ruining Subscription Services?

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All-you-can-read subscription services are finding that readers of romance novels are heavy users. The service Scribd is removing some romance titles because voracious sex-fiends are reading too many of the sultry books. Over at Electric Lit, Lincoln Michel explains why heavy users hurt the economics of these services: Let’s say you are paying creators two […]

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