And You Thought the SAT Was Bad
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by Alex Burchfield
5h ago
Oceania “I know what you must be thinking,” the mother says. “A 3400 to 5800? Impossible. But oh no, we know about you. Ariel wants the perfect score. His brother got the perfect score.” She pulls her chair off the back wall of my office to the middle of the room, close enough to watch our hands at the desk.  “You are a very expensive tutor,” she says. “We only hire the best.” She says it as if I’m hoarding a secret. “You’re right,” I say. “I am the best. I make guarantees—if Ariel learns The Whole World Book, he will achieve the perfect score.”  Her head quivers. “Yes, yes, we know ..read more
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Can Mitski and Her Stans Save American Theater?
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by Katie Kopajtic
1d ago
It was a clear, cold night in February when my wife and I took our seats in the sold-out Beacon Theatre to await what would be the most creative one woman show we had seen since Edinburgh Fringe last summer.  Earsplitting screams peeled out into the air as the performer coolly took the stage, meeting the crowd’s crazed energy with a deliberate, powerful calm. This act of tempering was a prologue; the artist then disappeared behind a draped curtain that glowed bright white, casting her in a silhouette. She lifted her arms to create the shape of long horns, evoking antiquity, and marched sl ..read more
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7 Books About Fictional Technologies with World-Altering Consequences 
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by Joe Fassler
1d ago
I left New York in 2009 for grad school, and by the time I returned—just a few years later—the city had been transformed. Walking to the subway, on the sidewalks and escalators, almost everyone carried a pet screen. Sometimes people banged into things or ran into each other, too absorbed in the digital world to navigate the real one. Commuters swooned over their devices on the train, heads drooping and backs bent, like so many nodding-off drunks. It happened to me too. My phone started to exert a strange power over me—the nagging urge to check and check again. In every awkward or in-between mo ..read more
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A Communal Space of Writing
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by Coco Picard
1d ago
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A Madman on the Ground, A Visionary in Flight
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by Joe Fassler
2d ago
An excerpt from The Sky Was Ours by Joe Fassler A man stepped into the barn. It wasn’t the boy I’d seen at the tower. This person was older, though it was hard to say how old—in his fifties, at the very least. His beard was gray and full, but his unruly mess of windswept hair had stayed stubbornly reddish gold. Thick glass disks hid his eyes. He saw me and went stiff. “Oh,” he said. He looked at me strangely for a second. Then he walked into the middle of the room to lay some sheets of paper on his worktable, totally unfazed, as if he’d expected to find me there all along. I couldn’t run witho ..read more
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15 New and Forthcoming Poetry Collections You Should Be Reading
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by Skylar Miklus
2d ago
It has been almost thirty years since the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month, and the vitality of American poetry has only grown since then. These new and forthcoming 2024 poetry collections showcase the diversity and talent of the poets writing today. Their words inspire a new way of thinking and being, encouraging us to empathize with one another and appreciate the world around us. Good Monster by Diannely Antigua Antigua’s sophomore collection is a raw, innovative exploration of the body after trauma. Through lyrical free verse, “Sad Girl Sonnets,” and her invented col ..read more
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Predicting the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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by Bradley Sides
5d ago
With March Madness and the Super Bowl recently crowning champions and the Grammys and Oscars awarding music and movies, it’s finally time for the literary world to have its own big moment in the sun. And that can only mean one thing: It’s Pulitzer time! While there are many book awards that highlight some of the outstanding literature released in the past year, the prestigious Pulitzer Prize is the one that seems to garner the most attention. It’s also been around for a long while, originating back in 1918 as the “Pulitzer Prize for the Novel.” For any readers unfamiliar with the award, the Pu ..read more
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Selected Arcana from My Literary Tarot 
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by Sean Gill
5d ago
From a young age, I’ve been a collector and trader of cards: Topps movie tie-ins, the Garbage Pail Kids, Yo! MTV Raps, TGIF Laffs, and Starline’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, among many others. There was a real boom in the ’80s and ’90s where it seemed every last tendril of the shared cultural experience—from American Gladiators to Operation Desert Storm to Twin Peaks to the British royal family—was entitled to its own trading card series. For the past few years, I’ve been reading pop culture tarot at house parties. The spread, the decks, and the interpretations are my own invention. My ’80s and ’9 ..read more
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7 Genre-Smashing Horror Novels in Translation
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by Zachary C. Solomon
5d ago
The most compelling horror novels are those that resent the very rules of their own genre. These books throw their elbows around and demand more space, pushing against the parameters, which quickly become elastic, until the novels defy easy categorization. To call them horror, then, is a disservice, but so would calling them “cross-genre.” They stand as good books that do whatever they please—and in the course of their doings, they make you feel very strange. I’m an emotional writer. When I try to be calculating, I write stiff and spiritless fiction. Instead, I try to write toward a feeling ..read more
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