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For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement for the Awards Finalist Reading and Ceremony held at the New School March 14th-15th, these interviews have built an intergenerational bridge between the writers of today and tomorrow. This year, as part of the ongoing collaboration, and in support of...
A couple of years ago, as a graduate assistant at the University of California, Riverside, I assigned Samantha Irby’s “My Mother, My Daughter” as a mid-quarter palette cleanser to classrooms full of brown and black students who had been inundated with the words of old straight white men. Irby calls herself a “regular person”: she worked the same day job at an animal hospital for fourteen years until she landed a much-deserved book deal...
We’re living in a golden age of cultural criticism. Sure, ye olde online content farms yield a lot of drek, but they’ve also borne more and better writing, from Matt Zoller Seitz on Mad Men to Doreen St. Felix’s deconstruction of how patois is heard and misheard. Not all of this stellar #kultural #kontent has been collected in books—yet—but there’s a lot, new and old, to keep you busy in the meantime. Notes from No...
In the world of writers—and specifically the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in DC—Roxane Gay is a rock star. People stop in their tracks and stare, people shout out exhortations of her greatness, drinks appear unbidden for her at the crowded hotel bar, bras are offered for signing. Two weeks before, on January 25, Gay pulled her forthcoming book, How to Be Heard, from Simon & Schuster after learning they had offered...

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