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"To say you’ve fashioned a novel from stories is to say you’ve fashioned an adult by standing one child on the shoulders of another."

— William Giraldi, in a thought-provoking if not totally convincing essay on short story collections and novels at The Rumpus.

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I try to focus on sharing stories and articles from smaller journals, but this profile in The New York Times Magazine on George Saunders is just too good not to post here.

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Currently I’m obsessed with novellas, and Ian McEwan's new essay on the subject is a fascinating read.

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Muddling the real and the fictional, the power of Kiš’s stories lie in their ability to capture truth by doctoring history.

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My review of The Southampton Review can be found at The Review Review, which you can view and review as many times as you want.

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A short essay I wrote on Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson. All week long over at Treehouse they’re publishing essays on the book to commemorate its twentieth anniversary. Excited to be a part of it!

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"When I’m having trouble writing something, I often close the document and compose the passage as email. I can feel the tug of the recipient at the other end of the wire, and this creates in me a certain pressure, an urgency. The letter always arrives at its destination."

David Shields, from the LA Review of Books essay, “Life is Short; Art is Shorter