Category: Literary Matt-ers

New Author Q&A’s: Dan Chaon, Bethanne Patrick, Julianna Baggott, etc.

I’ve been running a literary Q&A series over at Identity Theory. Here are some highlights: Dan Chaon wants to be an assassin. Nick Antosca’s favorite sentence is from Salter. Julianna Baggott calls writing “the daily practice of empathy.” Bethanne Patrick

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New on Identity Theory: “Election,” Amazon Debate, Best Unread Books of 2011 & More

Over at Identity Theory we posted a fiction piece by Bezalel Stern called “Election.” It feels like a parable. We also have an essay

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“The point is to write as much as you know as quickly as possible.”

I am reading And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields. Finished Cat’s Cradle over Thanksgiving. So Vonnegut is on the brain. He said, in defending the straightforward writing style he developed during his brief career

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Kerouac and Buddha: Compassion is Not Enough

You probably know the legend of Buddha. Princely Asian questioner-of-existence sits under a tree for like 8 years, exercises extreme mental focus and physical discipline, works out the problems of the world in his mind, then tells everyone who will

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The Goal: One Blog Post Per Day in September

As a tune up for National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo, coming in November), I am trying a more modest writing goal this month: one blog post per day, every day. People call this NaBloPoMo. And while NaNoWriMo is an

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Identity Theory Featured in Vermont Alt-Weekly

Margot Harrison wrote a nice article about my work at Identity Theory in this week’s Seven Days (that’s the alt weekly here in Vermont, for those of you outsiders). The conclusion? “With content ranging from John Cusack‚Äôs views of torture

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New Identity Theory “Issue” Features Tom Grimes, Chat Room Fiction, Gary Lutz

Over at Identity Theory, we tend to avoid regular publishing schedules, but I’ve recently been experimenting with a weekly “issue” system for putting new articles online. This week’s issue features:

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