Books of the Year

It's time for those yearly retrospectives – and one kind I always find interesting is the books of the year. So I'm wondering…what's your favorite read of 2010?  It doesn't have to be high-minded and literary – it can be a favorite genre novel. My favorites? Fiction: Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes – I've long since […]

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Fiction’s Points Of View

Yesterday, the missus grilled me about the differences in current American fiction and British fiction. Just our way of having a stimulating chat, you know? I've read a lot of domestic and British fiction over the past couple of years, and having been asked the question, here's what I've noted: Irish fiction seems to be […]

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MFA vs. NYC: America now has two distinct literary cultures. Which one will last? – By Chad Harbach – Slate Magazine

This excellent article details the MFA's place in creative writing and publishing and implies much of what's been said in Gridley Fires about the challenges of publishing in the modern environment. The following article is excerpted from the latest issue of n+1 magazine. This article is available online only in Slate, but click here to […]

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Basted and brown

Yesterday it rained, erased today by the wind. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and my stomach hurts. Already I'm stuffed, the way the turkey must  feel, glutted with dressing, naked and headless. But the sky remains a photograph, a promise that everything passes.

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