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How to Make the Familiar Seem Strange

Any discussion of writing horror, sci-fi, or fantasy fiction will inevitably arrive at the phrase “defamiliarize the familiar.” What this means, in short, is that those stories aim to make readers pay attention to something they’d normally not give a second glance. 995 more words

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Adventures in Reading July 6 -- July 12, 2015

Tin House: Rejection (Vol. 16, #3) (Spring 2015). In this issue of Tin House, the authors deal with rejection, whether it’s a James Patterson whine-fest about how people should stop giving him shit, Ernest Hemingway bitching about a fellow writer, Paul Beatty’s black character going to the Supreme Court because he engaged in modern-day slavery, or Nancy Reisman’s character taking advantage of a doting older man before rejecting him. 280 more words


Regarding 'Afterlife' by Stephen King



Last fall we had to read a piece and present it to my Short Story literature class. I decided on Steven King’s… 547 more words


Book Cover Debut: Carey McHugh's 'American Gramophone'

Augury Books is happy to join poet Carey McHugh and designer Michael Miller in unveiling the cover art for the upcoming American Gramophone (2015).

The poems in American Gramophone are menacing—spiked with hazards, threats, warnings and spells—yet the contained lines and composed forms temper the peril with delicacy: a pin curl in the palm, glass shelves full of violets. 112 more words

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The New School Best Online Editors Panel Recap

As a resident of New York City for nearly nine years, Alyssa, my friend and fellow writer, is a master at finding the best events in the city. 951 more words

The Industry

Bid Me to Live by H.D. | Tin House, Summer ’15
So thrilled about this! In the Summer issue of Tin House, I have an essay on H.D.’s novel  54 more words


Summer Reading at the Tin House

I have been receiving two literary journals almost since day one: Conjunctions is published twice a year and I tend to forget about it with such a long wait between issues; however, … 507 more words