As we go, we are breathlessly held in an in-between state, a limbo, a transition. ...more
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Amy Fusselman discusses her new book, IDIOPHONE!
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Lauren Haldeman discusses her most recent poetry collection,
Instead of Dying, making poetry accessible, and being open to the surprising possibilities of form. ...more
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In my last column, the Muse inspired me to write about dreams. And since then, I’ve been thinking about other types of altered consciousness. As a guy who often hangs out with Catholic monks, and who practices “Will Rogers spirituality”—that is, I’ve never met a religion I didn’t like—I take an interest in miracles and […]
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Your Storming Bohemian is emphatically a child of the early 70s. At fifteen, I lived in a hippie commune under the guidance of an eccentric psychologist, later diagnosed as bipolar. All I knew is, he was hella fun. Dr. Bill wasn’t the sort to make a fuss about school attendance, regular hours, pot smoking, or […]
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Joanna Walsh discusses her story collection,
Vertigo, consciousness, artifice, and simultaneity. ...more
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Mars: The ultimate back up planet. Goodbye, ladyblogging. How does social media walk the line between enabling hate speech and not giving it a megaphone. The Kindle cannot kill the bookstore. NOT EVER! Using algorithms to buy art. Connecting into the hive mind.
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The darkness in Jon Fosse’s work is that of human consciousness confronted with mortality. Yet his characters seem to radiate with a luminous urgency.