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The poet Ronald Johnson rather infamously referred to San Francisco as Oz, the Emerald City. He freely intermingled his love of Frank L. Baum's novels about the magical realm with his poeticized vi...
I wrote a thesis once, which is important because not counting one fiscal year of grants, stacked end to end, its the longest piece Ive finished so far. That thesis was how I realized writing longf...
There are many facets to stories, and many ways for them to be told. They can, for example, vary in their media, in their structure, and in their content. In At Night We Walk In Circles, Daniel Ala...
It would be inaccurate to call Victoria Wilson's nearly 1,000-page biography A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 exhaustive. For one, it only covers the first thirty-three years of the...
In nearly all in-depth interviews with writers, the question of artistic influence from their parents arises. Each time it does, I answer it for myself while reading online or listening in my car: ...
Like a moth to the flame, Trisha Low is hard not to notice, much less look away. Maybe it's because she is a futurist-inclined, teenage-girl-defending, performer-cum-writer whose work stretches the...
Dror Burstein is a telescope. To read Netanya, the Israeli author's new memoir, is to pass inside the Givatayim observatory where Burstein's grandfather once accompanied him, where the magnified vi...
With winter break looming large, it's time to get a stack of books together for a nice long afternoon of escapist fiction. Go ahead and indulge yourself with these adventures -- I'm sure you deserv...
Wonderful libraries are everywhere, each one home to a unique collection of the worlds knowledge and history. The collections in these libraries, though, top the charts. Grab a bib, English majorsy...
Never have the words coming soon been so appropriate for a film release. Unlike actual sex (unless youre gifted in the art of tantra) Nymphomaniac is a four-hour, two-part nympho coming-of-age ta...