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We love Electric Literature and we love Halloween, so what could be better than a spooky, literary costume party raising money for the magazine? The Ace Hotel hosted the second annual Genre Ball last Friday and writers, editors, and readers danced all night in garb inspired by their favorite literary characters and genres. (Check: author Tony Tulathimutte as The Legend of Zelda's Link, Book of the Month Club's Maris Kreizman as The Handmaiden Tale's Offred.) Live...
It’s become a tradition for me; whenever I leave my hometown to head back to Brooklyn, I listen to “Thunder Road.” I grew up in New Jersey, in an area I like to describe as “the place that Bruce Springsteen sang about leaving.” Every time I drive away, or my train on the New Jersey Transit Central Jersey Coast line pulls out of the station, it feels like another successful escape. Bruce makes it seem...
Scroll through the Emily Books website and—framed in hot pink—you’ll see a collection of titles by women that feels more like a secret handshake than a business plan. There are books about witches and sex work, pregnancy and abortion, best friends and substance abuse. There’s a small homage to #FerranteFever; Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous author of the cultishly adored Neapolitan Trilogy, is one of only a handful of writers who appears more than once...
Josh Gondelman In the past twelve months Josh Gondelman has released a comedy album called Physical Whisper, appeared on Conan to do a set of stand up, co-authored the book You Blew It! with Joe Berkowitz, and worked tirelessly behind the scenes as one of the many fearless and funny writers on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. If reading that extensive list of accomplishments made you tired, consider this: Almost any given night of...

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