Posts Tagged: ted thompson

Notable NYC: 2/16–2/22

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Literary events in and around NYC this week!

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Can Writing Be Taught?

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Electric Literature and Catapult.co recently announced a new series of writing workshops and classes: Our goal is to connect emerging and unpublished writers with some of the most dynamic and interesting literary writers in NYC, and create the kind of writing classes we wish we could take ourselves. James Hannaham, Sarah Gerard, and Ted Thompson […]

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Notable NYC: 9/6–9/12

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Saturday 9/6: Sara Majka, Ted Thompson, Justin Taylor, Ingrid Nelson, and Kseniya Melnik join Slice for an evening of emerging fiction. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free. Stephen Schottenfeld reads Bluff City Pawn (August 2014), a novel about a pawn shop in Memphis. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free. Kim Addonizio, Luke Bloomfield, Spencer Everett, and Wendy Xu […]

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Revelations of a First-time Novelist

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Ted Thompson recently published his debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits. Like many first-time novelists, he had quite a few expectations about what publishing a novel meant. Over at Salon, he discusses how reality diverged from those expectations. For instance, his book sold for $25,000, but even after foreign rights’ sales, he’s not much closer […]

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The Book You’re Writing

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In the latest installment of Little, Brown’s “Ask a Debut Novelist,” Ted Thompson addresses the anxieties that spring eternal from the minds of new writers, perfectionism and the specter of Zadie Smith’s superior talent among them. While quality is certainly a worthy pursuit in writing, Thompson advocates a simpler and often more fruitful goal: say what […]

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The Elusive Happy Ending

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Happy endings are hard to come by in great literature, especially in stories that center on affluent American suburbs and their inhabitants. Over at the Atlantic, writer Ted Thompson looks at the hopeful and redemptive (but still believable) dramatic climax of John Cheever’s “The Housebreaker of Shady Hill”: This is one of the things that’s […]

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