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An Almost Perfect Page

Even for the cynical, distracted 21st century reader, there are some passages of written prose that have the power to simply take your breath away. I find one such passage on page 134 of Tom Drury’s novel The End of … Continue reading

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The Partial Charles Newman Reading List

Summer is the right time for long, strange books, so it might just be the moment to sit down with a singular St. Louis writer, Charles Newman, whose posthumous novel In Partial Disgrace is out in a beautiful paperback edition from … Continue reading

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Angry Squirrels, Psychic Twins: The David Schuman Interview

It’s true, what they say: many of us are awaiting the David Schuman book. There is unrest among the initiates. Will it be a short story collection, a scroll, a novel in the form of a grocery list? When will … Continue reading

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Against the Damsels in Distress: Sarah Bruni on “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”

I first saw parts of Sarah Bruni’s novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died back in 2006. Those pages contained the germ of what would later become Sarah’s first book: a young woman bored in small-town Iowa, listening to French language tapes in … Continue reading

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Gerald Early Gets Star on St. Louis Walk of Fame

St. Louis essayist, scholar, and commentator Gerald Early has been recognized with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in the Delmar Loop. A longtime professor at Washington University, where he directed the Center for the Humanities for … Continue reading

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Cat Care Essentials?: Jeremy M. Davies Talks “Fancy”

A few months ago, I had the great pleasure of hearing Washington University alumnus Jeremy M. Davies read from his new novel Fancy. I was immediately captivated by the strangeness and musicality of the voice, and the idea of basing a … Continue reading

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Kelly Link to Read at Washington University March 21 and 28

The super-cool and widely admired short-story writer Kelly Link is visiting Washington University as a Hurst Professor and will be presenting two events there: a reading on Thursday, March 21 and a talk on the craft of fiction, March 28. … Continue reading

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