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  1. Hello Rejection, My Old Friend

    “I’d like to say who cares, but I do care.” Romance novelist Holland Rae writes on rejection — an integral part of the creative process for most artists and writers (not to mention job and college applicants) — and what keeps her motivated.

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  2. The Penguin Digest

    Penguin Random House India is the subcontinent’s largest English trade publisher; on their blog, they share book excerpts, literary news, and interviews, with a focus on South Asian voices.

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  3. Michigan Quarterly Review

    Michigan Quarterly Review, the flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, has been publishing fiction, essays, and poetry for over 50 years — and the entire archive is available online.

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  4. Abridged Classics: Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read (But Probably Didn’t)

    Wrong Hands illustrator John Atkinson blends cartoons, literature, and humor in his new book, Abridged Classics.

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    All images courtesy of John Atkinson at Wrong Hands
  5. Acknowledgments

    “I still look towards the horizon. I remain restless. I continue to feel that there is something underneath me that defines me more than what I have done.” The author at Flowers for a Lab Mouse reflects on big writing projects as milestones, but not necessarily things that are life-defining.

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  6. Ann Patchett on Philip Roth

    On Philip Roth’s death: “Now Roth has made the same mistake. He’s no longer here to represent his body of work. It’s up to us to keep reading the books. They are not of this time. They will offend a lot of people. They are some of the very best books I have ever known.”

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  7. How Do Poets Choose A Collection Opener?

    At the Chicago Review of Books, Sarah Blake asked four poets to share their thoughts on opening poems, all of whom have prologue-poems in their new books.

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  8. “There’s something about the confluence of springtime and death that feels right: life ends and life starts up in an explosion of pink blossoms. I’ve got grief on one shoulder and gratitude on the other, writing a book while losing the person who was most convinced I should be writing books.”

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  9. An Interview with “Furnishing Eternity” Author David Giffels

    “It’s easier to regain the immediacy of something that’s in the near distant past than it is to step away from the immediacy of something ongoing.” Rebecca Moon Ruark chats with David Giffels on memoir writing, journaling, loss, and how he enlisted his dad to help him build his own casket.

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  10. “If your work has value to anyone, then it should have value for you, and you should be at the front of the line to receive that value, because you’re doing the work.”

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  11. Meanjin

    One of Australia’s leading and longest-running literary journals, Meanjin Quarterly publishes essays, fiction, and poetry by authors ranging from the up and coming to the globally celebrated.

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  12. “But in cooking an egg, Le Guin shows us the beauty of difficult things: the things we do not to survive, not because we must, but because we’re challengingly, gloriously alive.”

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  13. Mansi Choksi

    Mansi Choksi is a journalist based in New York. She writes about gender, politics, crime, identity, pop-culture and the distribution of opportunity.

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  14. All My Stories Are Political. I Checked.

    Phenderson Djèlí Clark on getting political in sci-fi/fantasy: “It informs my writing. It informs my characters. It informs my imagination. It informs my very reason for creating. I guess I’ve always known I was a political writer of SFF. Because there are no ‘non-sci-fi/fantasy issues.’”

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  15. “But in her very last post, in a poem that she wrote a quarter of a century ago, Le Guin left us with what often seems like the only possible answer: ‘And I will honor only / my people, the powerless.’”

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