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  • Bret Easton Ellis Reviews Your Novel, Part One - 'Regard' by Pablo D'Stair

    The new movie The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis, was partially funded through Kickstarter. By way of thanks, Ellis will be reviewing a select few of the donors' novels. Here we have the first of those reviews, of Pablo D'Stair's <i...

  • We Were Having an Experience

    It’s rumored that a certain former president’s daughter is here, at the fair. When she appears with another young woman, we ignore the other woman and focus on her more famous companion’s face, hair, and clothes, as if to verify her identity and store...

  • What Your Favorite Writers Put in Their Mouths

    Writers tend to be mum on what they are currently at work on, but what about a different, but still intimate, aspect to their creative routines—like what they eat? I asked a boatload of writers what they are having, or had, for lunch, on a random day...

  • Marie Calloway on Her New Novel and Being Called "Jailbait"

    "I wondered if I should go into his apartment." That line opens Marie Calloway's debut novel, what purpose did i serve in your life. She does go in, and the following 240 pages are what happens next. Reviews and comments about Calloway’s novel...

  • The Black Bear

    What began as a sunset walk to the convenience store with Dylan, who was craving vanilla-flavored coffee and Sugar Babies, evolved into hours of drinking wine product on the railroad tracks until Teddy got off work. Then we could all get serious about...

  • An Excerpt from Tao Lin's 'Taipei'

    Paul’s father was 28 and Paul’s mother was 24 when they alone (out of a combined fifteen to twenty-five siblings) left Taiwan for America. Paul was born in Virginia six years later, in 1983, when his brother was 7. Paul was 3 when the family moved to...