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Nowhere Man Nowhere Man by Alexander Hemon
Aleksandar Hemon and Myla Goldberg discuss the how and why of writing, the perils of the second book, and the particular values and challenges of fiction. This, first in a two-part feature, also includes an excerpt from Hemon's new book, Nowhere Man.
Ella Minnow Pea Ella Minnow Pea
Ella Minnow Pea is a highly inventive progressively lipogrammatic epistolary cautionary fable. Translation: Mark Dunn has written an incredibly entertaining novel told via letter writing, where the usage of more and more letters of the alphabet becomes banned by the authorities and the language-loving citizens are forced to fight for the linguistic and personal freedom. This tour de force is a breath of fresh air, managing to be both great fun and thought-provoking, and is destined to be a classic.
The Center of Things The Center of Things
Quantam mechanics, film noir, tabloid journalism. In Jenny McPhee's debut novel, The Center of Things, the three come together to yield truths about a reality that is more intertwined — and interdependent — than most of us have ever imagined.
Dear Mr. President Dear Mr. President
There are few things more essential to a generation's perspective than the wars they fight and the stories they subsequently produce. With his oddly humorous Kafka-esque accounts of the Gulf War and the lunacy that followed, Gabe Hudson has produced a beautifully abstract chronometry of Generation X and its experiences on the battlefield.
Normal Normal
Short story writer and novelist, Amy Bloom, tests the waters of non-fiction with her new book Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude, where she finds that truth is as interesting as fiction when it comes to the people she meets.
Sun Out Sun Out and A Possible World
Kenneth Koch, one of the central figures in the New York School of poets, their comedian and elegist, died this past summer. Two new books of poetry provide a look at his earliest and his very last poems. Read two newly published poems.
The Idiot Girls' 
Action-Adventure Club The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club
The only thing better than the title of this book, The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life, are the hilarious stories that are found inside.
Short Story Contest Short Story Contest
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