D.B. Weiss says he inoculated his sense of humor against the “sometimes stifling MFA atmosphere” he encountered at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop by hitting Trinity College in Dublin for a […]
“I’m not trying to posture Chunklet as this truly revolutionary thing,” says Henry Owings, editor and publisher of the Georgia-based zine. “There’s nothing in it that hasn’t been done before–it’s […]
Three to Try in Uptown
One has written his first novel; the other has a new self-produced CD. The boys of Ghostweed Press are gifted, funny, and completely hopeless at getting noticed.
The carpenter Levi Fisher Ames left Monroe, Wisconsin, to fight for Abraham Lincoln in 1861. Injured in the war, he returned home in 1865 and–unable to continue with heavy labor–turned […]
After 20 years as a restaurant critic, Maurinette Meede planned her days to keep her appetite sharp: only amateurs judged things they didn’t desire. One clammy November Saturday, Maurinette planned […]
Hey, d’ya feel rushed for time? Better make some money, cuz before you know it your pension’ll be as obsolete as the government–or so predicts Jim Munroe’s new novel, Everyone […]
After the Quake Haruki Murakami (Knopf) After the Quake is Haruki Murakami’s response to the massive Kobe earthquake of 1995. Instead of treating the subject directly, the stories in this […]
Literary fiction is thought to defy classification, but thanks to decades of workshopping and inbreeding, litfic’s got as many trademark tics as mystery or sci-fi.
Our tale of teacup tragedies begins on a heath in England … 1847 Emily gave us the gothic bodice ripper; Charlotte the romance-cum-bildungsroman. But the long-neglected Anne may have been […]
McSweeney’s vs. They Might Be Giants at the Athenaeum Theatre, October 25 Live music may be more likely to inspire gut-level catharsis than any novel, but you can’t knock the […]
Mark Swartz protests a bit too much about the distance he keeps from the protagonist of his first novel, Instant Karma. Though Swartz seems to favor nonautobiographical fiction, young David […]
Bookended by Marina City to the south and the glittering American Medical Association tower to the north, the sidewalks along State Street between the river and Illinois see their share […]
One nice detail from A.D. Nauman’s Scorch, a dystopian novel leavened with black comedy, would be pedantic if it weren’t rendered trivial by her ocean of wordplay: in the future, […]
The security guards on the seventh floor of the Marriott on Michigan, near the end of their 18-hour day, were sick of getting yelled at. At 6 PM in the […]