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Four Things I Learned From Nora Ephron

By LZ Nunn

When Nora Ephron died in June of 2012, I was stunned.  I had  read and reread her essay collection I Feel Bad About My Neck at least six times, dragging it to and from the gym until the soft, dog-eared pages started to come loose from the binding.  I read it fiendishly, reflexively, searching for clues for how to improve my own writing.

I felt I had lost a friend.

February 26, 2013 | Info

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Why I Heart Christopher Castellani

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Tonight, at the Newtonville Bookstore, we will be celebrating our beloved Artistic Director, Christopher Castellani.   His third novel, All this Talk of Love, is hot off the press and man is it GOOD.   For me, its his best yet – a moving, funny, complex portrait of immigrant family life, of loss and love.  But I leave book reviewing to others less biased and more skilled.   I’d like to mark this occasion by writing about why I love the guy.

February 7, 2013 | Eve Bridburg


Would We Lie to You?: On Tolerance and the Senses

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Claire Cheney

"Each of us possesses five fundamental, enthralling maps to the natural world: sight, touch, taste, hearing, smell. As we unravel the threads that bind us to nature, as denizens of data and artifice, amid crowds and clutter, we become miserly with these loyal and exquisite guides, we numb our sensory intelligence." — Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise

January 22, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Slaying Genre: A Monthly Column on Horror, Noir, Fantasy & the Other Red-Headed Step-Children of the Literary World

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Bodice Slashers: The Intersections of Horror and Romance. A good title, no? It’s what I’m calling my imaginary anthology of essays (forthcoming from An Excellent Press). Edited by me, Carol Clover, and the ladies from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (because, hey, this is my fantasy), this antho will discuss what titillates and terrifies us, and how together, they make for a whole new genre of amazing tales that will literally shock readers into admitting to and reveling in the freaky, the romantic, and the dark.

January 17, 2013 | KL Pereira

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Slaying Genre: The Power of the Pen Name

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By KL Pereira

I love pseudonyms. I have my own, of course. A name that I write and publish under with gobs of pride. And though pseudonyms are extremely common, other writers often ask me why I chose to use a pen name.

I firmly believe that pseudonyms are magic names, incantations, if you will, that are the keys to unlocking some of the deepest words in our souls. In the short story, “The Rule of Names” (and later in her Earthsea books), Ursula K

December 20, 2012 | KL Pereira

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