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Reluctant Habits

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Finnegans Wake (Modern Library #77)

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:29:14 +0000

(image) After five years of reading the Wake (and many other books), the Modern Library Reading Challenge (fiction edition) is back.

West with the Night (Modern Library Nonfiction #85)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:18:46 +0000

(image) Beryl Markham's adventurous masterpiece is one of the finest poetic memoirs of the 20th century. So why are so many people trying to claim that she didn't write it?

5. Compassion Fatigue (The Gray Area)

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:55:36 +0000

(image) Emma is a top-notch psychiatrist who can change the lives of the most difficult patients imaginable. But there's a great personal cost to her formidable talents that she's not telling anyone about, an internal torment eating away at her inner life that she's hiding from her patients and her professional peers and that a quiet survivor of an abusive relationship may just have the answer for. (Running time: 25 minutes)

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4.5. The Waiting Room (The Gray Area)

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:51:10 +0000

(image) Virginia Gaskell finds herself on the other side of the portal that lured her in, greeted by an extremely exuberant (and strangely familiar) receptionist, some squawking avians that aren't quite okay with her love of chicken fajitas, and further mysteries about how the universes rupture into each other. (Running time: 7 minutes)

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4. Loopholes (The Gray Area)

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:50:35 +0000

(image) As a thriving empire faces war with ferocious barbarians, a mischievous scholar named Minerva hopes to bring law and civilization to a great realm populated by talking birds, giant rats, gregarious knights, elemental gods, and menacing malasanders. An unanticipated dispute among the knights gives Minerva an opportunity to uphold the doctrine of moral principles, but Minerva finds herself testing her loyalty to her aide-de-camp while helping others to learn what honor, empathy, and identity really mean. (Running time: 32 minutes)

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Donald Trump is a Filthy Animal Who Must Be Impeached

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:56:47 +0000

(image) Donald Trump is too dangerous and too boorish to serve as President of the United States. He must be impeached immediately.

This Boy’s Life (Modern Library Nonfiction #86)

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:21:34 +0000

(image) Tobias Wolff's memoir is an authentic portrait of negotiating the fakery and myths of American life, an alternative to being prepared or putting in too much effort.

3. Fuel to the Fire (The Gray Area)

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:22:57 +0000

(image) An artisanal mustard retailer from Astoria finds herself in a strange realm with the ability to set things on fire. Meanwhile, Ed Champion continues his investigation into Miss Gaskell's disappearance, meeting a woman in mourning who may hold the answer to his own strange curse. (Running time: 19 minutes)

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2. Brand Awareness (The Gray Area)

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:15:56 +0000

(image) Joanna loves Eclipse Ale. It's the best beer in the world. She has boxes of Eclipse memorabilia. She regularly wears Eclipse baseball caps. But on one rainy night, Joanna discovers that this happy relationship (along with the relationship with her boyfriend) is not what it seems. Why can't she remember what her boyfriend gave her on their second anniversary? And why doesn't anybody know about Eclipse Ale?

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1.5. Dissociation (The Gray Area)

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:17:10 +0000

(image) Greg Sutton, a fidgety young man who is a little too fixated on selling himself, sees his psychiatrist for the first time in months, hoping to find answers about his lost childhood and how to get back the woman he loves. But his own quick fix solution to his problems is not quite what the psychiatrist had in mind.

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1. Hello (The Gray Area)

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:47:19 +0000

(image) A man wakes up in his apartment with a hazy memory of the night before. He's greeted in bed by a mysterious woman who keeps saying, “Hello.” But she seems to know far more about his life than he ever could have told her in one night. And as the rats gnaw mercilessly from within the walls, she has a few bold and shocking answers as to why he's so afraid.

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0. Prologue (The Gray Area)

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 01:45:15 +0000

(image) Virginia Gaskell, an underappreciated 66-year-old cult writer forced into a rest home, contends with mysterious voices summoned from her typewriter and an obscure literary interviewer named Ed Champion.

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Why S-Town is Worth Your Seven Hours

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 16:47:43 +0000

(image) Avoid any and all "hot takes" that wish to belittle a major contribution to radio. S-Town, a new seven hour program, is a game-changing podcast that is very much worth your time.

Stop Reading My Tweets as the Story of My Life!

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:04:51 +0000

(image) Enough is enough! My tweets are not my life! What gives you the right to imagine?

The Gray Area — First Season Video Trailer

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:23:51 +0000

(image) A video trailer for my forthcoming audio drama.

Introducing The Gray Area

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:57:49 +0000

(image) Introducing The Gray Area, a new audio drama project that will begin airing its first season very soon.

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Trump Will Never Be a Normal President

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:19:20 +0000

(image) Do not mistake tone for sanity. Trump will continue to remain a threat to the health of the United States. It is our duty not to normalize him.

Soir Bleu

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:32:11 +0000

(image) A brief essay on swapping a painting

The Lies, Libel, and Deceit of Molly McArdle: Rebuttal to a Hatchet Job, a Personal Reckoning with What I Actually Did, and an Exposé of Literary McCarthyism

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:44:20 +0000

(image) On the evening of September 25, 2014, I did something awful and tried to kill myself the next morning. I lost everything I had. Is this apparent monster worth forgiving? Or is he not so much of a monster? This 50,000 word essay is a personal reckoning with what I did, who I really am, a treatise on public shaming and how we express ourselves and the importance of getting facts right, as well as a thorough rebuttal to the many invented charges against me.

Shadow and Act (Modern Library Nonfiction #91)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:19:12 +0000

(image) While James Baldwin remains a justifiable draw for today's leading writers, Ralph Ellison's contemplations on how we respect other people's identities and find common ground are just as inspirational.

Trump Interrupts

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:51:32 +0000

A supercut of all the moments in the presidential debate when Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton

A Conversation with Ottessa Moshfegh

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:27:22 +0000

(image) I was asked to fly to Los Angeles to interview Ottessa Moshfegh, who, after being shortlisted for the Booker, is currently believed to be the World's Greatest Living Author. But it didn't go exactly as planned.

How to Spot Lines That Reveal Bad Storytelling, Part One

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:02:04 +0000

(image) In a new series on posts that examines bad dialogue, I look into "That's interesting," "I hope I'm not interrupting," and "Start from the beginning. Tell us what happened."

Against Online Community

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:57:49 +0000

(image) Online community is a thin veneer that barely contains the savage id of its otherwise thoughtful participants. What does it actually accomplish?