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Cover of Alix Ohlin book We Want What We Want

New Alix Ohlin Interview in 2021 Identity Theory Relaunch

This week I posted a new interview with Canadian/American author Alix Ohlin as part of the relaunch of Identity Theory, the literary website I founded 21 years ago. Ohlin, the author of six books–including most recently the short story collection We Want What We Want–said this about her development as a writer: “Writing is always …

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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 explains how literature reminds us of our common humanity. Michelle Haimoff says “the point of …

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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 as a PR man and journalist, “The point is to write as much as you …

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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 to a wickedly satirical short story about a marketing consultant, IT defies demographic niches, and …

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