Archive for ‘December, 2013’

Special Thanks to Our First 10 Kickstarter Donors!

Our Kickstarter Campaign is heating up. With 10 days left to go, we currently have 10 donors and 20% of the funds raised. Here is the Honor Roll of early donors, in order:

Donor #1: L Michael Hager
Donor #2: Jamieson Spencer
Donor #3: Pankaj Tandon
Donor #4: TheNumberSix
Donor #5: Mary Brady
Donor #6: Katie Hua
Donor #7: Alex Del Giudice
Donor #8: James Burgess
Donor #9: Damon Vecci
Donor #10: Carrie Golden

Thank you to those who have donated! Our magazine could not happen without your support. If you have yet to check out the project, please do …

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Countdown: My Third Favorite Read This Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My third favorite read is the only short story collection on my life. Read on to find out that my third favorite read this year was…

Dear Life, Alice Munro

What a triumph that Alice Munro should win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. The timing couldn’t have been better, considering she published what might be her very best story collection yet a year …

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Countdown: My 4th Favorite Read This Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. My 4th favorite read was a Byzantine war story — guessed it?

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

Much has been said about the stunning novel debut of Anthony Marra, his A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Not enough has been written about the fifty-year night of war, dislocation, flight, and torture of Chechnya. The region suddenly flashed onto Americans’ radars this year due to the identities of the marathon bombers, but long before …

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Countdown: My 5th Favorite Read This Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My 5th favorite read has hookups, breakups, and relationship mixups. Read on to find out that my 5th favorite read this year was…

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman

Waldman’s debut novel has gotten a lot of buzz this year, and for good reason. The author has taken on the challenge of capturing modern hipster Brooklyn life, but specifically from the perspective of …

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Countdown: My 6th Favorite Read Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My 6th favorite read has people who come through television screens and men without faces. Read on to find out that my 6th favorite read this year was…

After Dark, Haruki Murakami

I’m a die-hard fan of Haruki Murakami’s work. The first time I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in college, I knew I had never quite experienced a story or a writer like this …

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Countdown: My 7th Favorite Read this Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My 7th favorite read has odd doodles and killer geese. Read on to find out that my 7th favorite read this year was…

Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

If you’re a reader of the laugh-out-loud hilarious blog Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, then you’ve probably already grabbed up this book. Brosh’s fans are devoted, and for good reason; there’s just something hilariously …

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Countdown: My 8th Favorite Read this Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My 8th favorite read has telepathy, vintage sexism, and strange mindmelds. Read on to find out that my 8th favorite read this year was…

More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon

We’re traveling back in time today to an oldie but a goodie; I read classic science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human this year, and I’m still thinking about it. This series of odd vignettes …

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Top 5 Last Minute Gifts for Writers

It’s that time of year when many of us are frantically looking for the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones. Sometimes writers can be a difficult group to shop for, so hopefully this list will help you out.

#5. Notebooks and nice pens are always thoughtful gifts for writers who like to “get out in the field” so to speak. Those of us who enjoy people-watching in the park and subway note-taking are always happy with a fresh Moleskine or a spiral-bound journal decorated with a personal place or artist. While it doesn’t always seem like the most …

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Countdown: My 9th Favorite Read This Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My 9th favorite book has alligators, swamps, and ghosts. Read on to find out that my 9th favorite read this year was…

Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

Like many readers, I was first seduced by Karen Russell’s delightful imagination with her short stories. A few of the stories from Saint Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, including the titular story, won me over immediately with …

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Countdown: My 10th Favorite Read This Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. In the meantime, I’ll be counting down my ten favorite reads this year, whether the books were published in 2013 or not. Many of the books were from this year; it truly was a great year for exciting, vital, heart-rending reading. So let’s begin with the book in the number ten spot…

Snow Hunters, Paul Yoon

Snow Hunters is the novel debut of acclaimed short story writer Paul Yoon. His spare, haunting portraits of Korea …

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