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Emily Books is a five-year-old feminist e-subscription service and publisher run by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry. This summer, the publishers are partnering with Coffee House Press to bring their first-ever imprint to life. I reached out to Emily Books's first authors to talk publishing, feminism, and being part of something brand new. Over the phone, debut novelist Jade Sharma and I talked about the pragmatic realities of writing a book and how a bad...
  It’s a truism to say that books change lives, but the commonality of the sentiment doesn’t make it any less real. Brooklyn Magazine asked as many writers and editors and book people it could think of to talk about the piece of writing that changed them. Their answers are myriad, delightful, and as personal as a fingerprint. Time to head to your local bookstore (or library) and stock up. LUCAS ADAMS cartoonist-writer and co-editor New York...
“If I have any advice to young people, I urge you to never write or become part of the publishing industry.” On September 26, 2014, Ed Champion stood again on the edge of a bridge spanning the East River. Champion—a blogger, critic, and unpublished novelist—had written a despairing note on Facebook the night before: “I really have no reason to live anymore.” It was the second time in three months he had contemplated ending his...
“Welcome to the official Kickstarter page for Greece!” This from a 2012 piece by John Flowers on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the McSweeney’s humor site. “Greece is a small country in the south of Europe known for inventing democracy and western philosophy,” goes the fake Kickstarter “About This Project” section. “We wish to continue this good work… and so we come to you, our friends, for help.” The joke here—well there are several jokes here, including one...