~ Tuesday, July 22 ~
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~ Tuesday, July 15 ~
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Amy Feldman

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I think many artists of my generation are interested in how information is received and forwarded. We are in an age of information and I feel like I am on constant overload—one step behind or ahead of the latest. The recurring urgent message creates perpetual anxiety. It’s a normalized anxiety that becomes funny because it’s so ubiquitous and habitual. For me, painting is one way to distill and export. Sometimes I think my paintings are like big headlines, each one a container for its own bit of information. They are pretty direct, printed in boldface, per se, but also quiet and loaded. As pictures, they function singularly, but if you see enough of them you’ll get more of the whole story—it’s a sincere tale, but a parody at the same time, one that chronicles my tragic and comic love affair with painting.

- Amy Feldman

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~ Wednesday, July 9 ~
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Three Condensed Hemingway Stories

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Three Condensed Hemingway Stories

"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" (1933)

"The Old Man at the Bridge" (1938)

"Hills Like White Elephants" (1927)

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~ Sunday, June 29 ~
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~ Wednesday, June 25 ~
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Robert Adams

The notable thing, it seems to me, about great pictures is that everything fits. There is nothing extraneous. There is nothing too much, too little, and everything within that frame relates. Nothing is isolated. The reason that becomes so moving is that the artist finally says that the form that he or she has found in that frame is analogous to form in life. The coherence within that frame points to a wider coherence in life as a whole. Why is that important? I think art is the sworn enemy of nihilism. And nihilism is a great downward tug that we all feel.

- Robert Adams

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~ Wednesday, June 18 ~
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~ Monday, June 16 ~
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If I Would Leave Myself Behind

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Interview (and audio!) with Lauren Becker at Two Birds One Stoned

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~ Thursday, June 5 ~
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Understudies Available for $6 Through 0s&1s

Newly launched retailer/publisher 0s&1s is selling digital packages of popular independent titles for only $6. Inaugural offerings include Hill William by Scott McClanahan, Even Though I Don’t Miss You by Chelsea Martin, A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies by Douglas Watson, A Jello Horse by Matthew Simmons, Pee on Water by Rachel B. Glaser, my novel Understudies, and a whole bunch more awesome stuff. 

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~ Monday, June 2 ~
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Understudies Reviewed at Necessary Fiction

Claudia Smith reviewed Understudies for Necessary Fiction:

Reading Understudies is something akin to binge watching The Office all alone, during a transitional period in your life, with a cheap air conditioning window unit blasting to keep the night heat out.

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~ Sunday, June 1 ~
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Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2014

Super honored to have my story “Feats of Strength" selected for the Wigleaf Top 50. Erin Fitzgerald and Ben Loory have put together an incredible reading list (one that should keep me busy for the next few weeks).

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~ Tuesday, May 20 ~
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Stanley Crawford

The writing of fiction, when it is going well, is an exercise in joy, in figuring out how to love the world, at least imaginatively, with the illusion that yes, imaginatively, you can encompass and understand its entirety. An illusion, to be sure, a too brief illusion. Yet that, the imagination, is what is best about us as a species. Or best, most agonizing, most destructive. Fiction can net at least some of this.

- Stanley Crawford interviewed at BOMB

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~ Thursday, May 15 ~
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~ Wednesday, May 7 ~
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Russell Edson

Language is consciousness, and this is where fiction is made. Poetry springs from the dream mind, the unconscious. Poetry is never comfortable in language because the unconscious doesn’t know how to speak. All writing is storytelling. Fiction describes reality with words, poetry with images. I would guess in the history of literature fiction came first and taught poetry how to speak. The process I’m taking about, I call dreaming awake. Being fully conscious while still dreaming on the page.

- Russell Edson

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~ Thursday, May 1 ~
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~ Monday, April 28 ~
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Lynne Tillman

I subject my sentences and the words to a kind of Grand Inquisition. I’m trying always to leave out what I think is extraneous. And to find what I think is the most wonderful language to make a beautiful sentence. Not beautiful in the sense of “oh it’s flowy” but in the sense that it really does what it’s supposed to do, what I want it to say. It’s easy, at this point in my life, very easy to write a beautiful sentence that’s meaningless. A lot of writers do that. But I don’t want it to be meaningless. I want it to actually say what I want it to say, and so I’m thinking about it again and again and again.

- Lynne Tillman

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