By Jody Strimling-Muchow When I arrived in New York City after graduate school, I was a newly-minted Equity Actor, clutching my M.F.A. in my hot little hand. I went on audition after audition, did workshops and readings and tiny parts in movies and television shows. It’s hard being an actor, but I loved it. Until … Continue reading The Dramatists Guild – It’s a Moral Choice
By Flora Stadler I read Lydia Netzer’s novel Shine Shine Shine when I was very pregnant with my second child. Sleeping had become problematic, so I tore through the story—about a willful woman named Sunny and her genius, astronaut husband, who’s lost in space when Sunny gives birth to their second child. The birth scene … Continue reading Lydia Netzer: Inhabiting the Other Side of Death
by Julie Chibbaro Bill’s stuff makes me laugh. You can’t say that about all his work, since he writes in various styles, but Lessard is an expert in writing the absurd in a way that somehow makes sense. Take this, from his piece entitled: “Alternate Careers for House of Cards’ Frank Underwood” published in McSweeney’s: … Continue reading One Futurist Speaks: Interview with Writer William Lessard
by Ruta Rimas Book editors. Writers imagine them as elusive, mysterious creatures who hold in their hands the power to make writers’ dreams of publication come true (and also crush those dreams into oblivion). Is it true? As an editor myself, I’d like to dispel some of those myths and misconceptions about the daily work … Continue reading Burning Questions about Book Publishing: What does an editor do all day?
by Kristen Holt-Browning Sometimes, I just want to sink into a thick, wide-ranging novel. Getting lost in a world completely unlike my own, or sliding deep into the consciousness of a character—my earliest reading memories are of experiences like this, whether I was reading Black Beauty or Little Women. Over the last several years, I’ve … Continue reading The Long and Short of It