Yes, [Philadelphia is] horrible, but in a very interesting way. There were places there that had been allowed to decay, where there was so much fear and crime that just for a moment there was an opening to another world. … Continue reading
FRANK O’CONNOR award long lists Safe as Houses Holy gravy, SAFE AS HOUSES made it onto the long list for The Frank O’Connor short story prize with fellow Iowa winner Chad Simpson and my hero, George Saunders!!! This means I get to go … Continue reading
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HYPHEN-NATION, a dispatch from Marie-Helene Bertino The Common asked me to write a dispatch from a specific location, so I wrote from the hyphen that splits my first name. Directions are included for getting … Continue reading
Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore From Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, on this fine morning, please come flying. In a cloud of fiery pale chemicals, please come flying, to the rapid rolling of thousands of small blue drums descending out … Continue reading