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4. MFA vs NYC edited by Chad Harbach This collection of essays by various authors attempts to capture the current (although many essays date back to early 2000 and one was originally published in 1988) state of creative writing programs, publishing industry and American fiction in general. The approach and structure stem from the original …

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3. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link   Reading Kelly Link after reading a non-Kelly Link collection is similar to trying on various lenses at optometrist's office. The brain needs a minute to adjust. The process involves altering anything you think you may know about cause-effect relationships, narrative structure, character development and - this is …

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2. Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom Placed against linked short story collections, "Where the God of Love Hangs Out" is a new structure altogether. It consists of two quartets (four linked stories, each focusing on one couple), with two unrelated stories placed at the end of each one. The quartet Lionel …

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Reading List 2015

Last year my resolutions including reading at least 25 books, which I did, finishing with 30 total. As tempting as it was to increase the yearly goal, I kept the number at 25 for 2015, because binge reading has taught me that you may be off to a terrific start in January, swallowing book after …

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The Most _______ Book I Read

It's that time of the year. Actually, "that time" was in December and here were are in mid-January and I am still making lists. In part because I was late to draw my summaries in 2014 and in part because I recently came across a very promising book called Remarkable Reads. Published in 2004 and …

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“The Lone Ranger” or How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Critics And Love The Western

Movies have a momentum. The time to watch a film is determined not only by the cinema theaters that will play it for a few weeks, it relies on hype, on "much ado" that places the movie at the back of your mind. It nags on you. And then it's gone. It took me almost …

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Twice Around the Ground “S.”

In 1995, reviewing Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia in an article Twice Around the Grounds the author Anne Barton resorted to a question posed elsewhere: Does it matter if you walk only once around the grounds, or twice? Meaning, can one book surpass its finite amount of pages and draw the reader to start again as soon as he …

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Three Short Stories That Will Make You a Better Writer

Let’s begin with artists. Almost every artist we know today began by spending hours in front of the works of other artists. Henri Rousseau, a French Post-Impressionist painter, never received formal training, but spent all his free time in art museums of Paris, copying prominent works on display. He was also known for visiting Jardin …

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Elevate

My fiancé and I are going through an excruciatingly long, complicated and expensive process of applying for a visa that will allow us, finally, to get married. To put it simple, a visa is a document that allows you to travel to the point of entry in another country and ask to be let in. …

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Dan Blakeslee in Concert: Don’t Forget the Poster

Watching a Komodo dragon in an episode of Last Chance to See, 2009 BBC series, the host, Stephen Fry, remarked, "Like most animals it's very good at being itself." An unusual compliment, but an accurate observation. Being themselves and nothing else is what animals are so good at. People rarely have the same quality but …

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