Christopher Gonzalez discusses his debut story collection, I’M NOT HUNGRY BUT I COULD EAT.
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James Tate Hill discusses his new memoir, BLIND MAN’S BLUFF.
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Jessica Lind Peterson discusses her debut essay collection, SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER.
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Tsitsi Dangarembga discusses her new novel, THIS MOURNABLE BODY.
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Your mind doesn’t play tricks on you. You play tricks on your mind. ...more
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Ben Tanzer discusses his new essay collection
Be Cool, why running is so important to him, and not being precious about his work. ...more
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Carolyn Parkhurst discusses her latest book,
Harmony, writing about your personal life and family in fiction, and her fascination with cults. ...more
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Jonathan Corcoran discusses his debut collection
The Rope Swing, Appalachian writing communities, getting disowned by his family for coming out, and his father’s death. ...more
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Danniel Schoonebeek discusses living a quiet life in the Catskills, the importance of travel, partying in the woods with poets, and how capitalism forces people to be cruel to each other.
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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Martin Seay about his debut novel
The Mirror Thief, the Great Work of alchemy, researching optical prosthetics, and keeping plot lines straight in a 600-page novel. ...more
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Rob Roberge talks about his new memoir,
Liar, the differences between writing fiction and writing memoir, and why every narrator is an unreliable narrator. ...more
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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Adam Johnson talks about his new book,
Fortune Smiles, fiction and voice, veterans and defectors, solar-powered robots and self-driving cars, and infrared baseball caps that can blind security cameras. ...more
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Using the second person is a tricky but effective writing device, though its use is pretty uncommon. Over at the Ploughshares blog, E.V. De Cleyre offers some clever examples of writing in the second person.