The Unexpected Shape

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How to Get Over a Broken Heart with Fried Chicken

How to Get Over a Broken Heart with Fried Chicken

art by Esmé: link to purchase It takes commitment to eat nothing but fried chicken for a week in a public space. It takes pluck to be so openly in public while nursing a broken heart. Listen to the below here:   In late 2014 I saved an article about a 26-year-old who stayed in a […]

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A big (& exciting!) announcement.

A big (& exciting!) announcement.

In beginning any piece of writing, and particularly with a lengthy novel, the road ahead is unpredictable. I am currently away from home, and therefore without the appropriate equipment for audio. The customary audio component will be uploaded upon my return.   I spent the summer of 2009 in the sticky heat of Taiwan with two goals in […]

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Shaping Her Own Mythos: An Interview with Anna North

Shaping Her Own Mythos: An Interview with Anna North

photo credit: Jenny Zhang I recently had the good fortune of interviewing my dear friend and brilliant author Anna North, whose second novel, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark (Blue Rider Press), will be released on May 19. In this conversation, we discuss the titular character of the novel, thoughts on celebrity and myth-making, the […]

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Blogging is a genre, & don’t you forget it.

Blogging is a genre, & don’t you forget it.

Even the longest Journal entry is never going to occupy the same part of my brain that spends months on a 7000-word essay. Where I become flummoxed is when I confuse the worlds. Listen to me read the below here:   “Writers have to be able to delay gratification. To work without immediate pleasures… If the […]

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Art, obsession, and bravery in writing: an interview with Jessica Piazza.

Art, obsession, and bravery in writing: an interview with Jessica Piazza.

A section of my mini-program, Where’s the Electricity?, consists of an interview with award-winning poet Jessica Piazza in which we talk about creative obsessions, and how they influenced Piazza’s poems in her collection Interrobang. Here I’m printing a different version of the interview, which covers art and obsession, the politics of poetry contests, and what […]

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How to get creatively unstuck.

How to get creatively unstuck.

Criminy, am I excited. If you’re able to watch the video, I recommend that you watch the video. (This is a rare chance for me to get to speak to you face-to-face. However, if you need, or prefer, a transcript, I’m providing the text of this below.) I’m so pleased to tell you that Where’s […]

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Infusing magic with a daily ritual.

Infusing magic with a daily ritual.

Implementing your own ritual, to my mind, involves careful thought and deliberation. Listen to me read the below here:   I wake in the very early hours, anywhere between 2:30AM and 4AM. The sky is black as pitch. The house is silent but for the sounds of my pack breathing. What differentiates habit or routine […]

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I was in solitude for a month in Nebraska, & this is what I learned. (It’s not what you think.)

I was in solitude for a month in Nebraska, & this is what I learned. (It’s not what you think.)

As many of you know, I was in Nebraska for a month, living and writing at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center of the Arts. Listen to me read the below here:   A brief note: I know that some of you may have been waiting for Part II of my mini-essay about remaining productive while living […]

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Other people’s success: on artistic jealousy.

Other people’s success: on artistic jealousy.

I wish so many of us didn’t feel that saintliness was somehow compulsory when it comes to jealousy and our artistic careers.   I’m fortunate enough to live, despite not being in New York, in a city where I have access to a community of writers I can call my own. Most of this particular […]

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