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Keeping up with the Joneses

The other day, I finally got my hands on an iPad, and I must admit I was impressed. Sure, I understand why some have been quick to dismiss this neat gadget. And like any new technology, it has its limits. Nevertheless, there's a reason why everyone wants to check it out...

Novella contest, stage two

Thanks to everyone who submitted to our novella contest! We've started reading your "first 5k" excerpts, and will be in touch, to let you know if we'd like to see the rest of your novellas. Stay tuned!

John Rybicki reads tonight in NYC, and tomorrow night in Southampton

New Yorkers: the amazing Midwestern poet 29 reads tonight and tomorrow night in your neck of the woods. Tonight's gig is at 7 p.m., as part of Stony Brook Manhattan's "Three Emerging Poets" night, at 401 Park Avenue South, between 27th and 28th. Tomorrow he'll be at Stony Brook Southampton, giving the Duke Lecture in Chancellors Hall, also at 7 p.m. Check him out!

Peter Markus

What is literature? What is life?

What is literature? What is life...

In which Peter Stevenson is (briefly) Gay Talese, and Christopher Walken is Frank Sinatra

In last week's New Yorker: Peter Stephenson is Gay Talese, and Christopher Walken is Frank Sinatra...

We're 10!

Tenth anniversary cocktail hour and reading

Is an "ingenious plot" enough?

This is the argument made by the critic D.C. Myers. Myers valorizes plot above all else because, in his view, it's a vehicle by which writers convey messages about how and how not to live, or put to the test strategies for doing so. The "greatness," or not, of a writer, then, is for such critics a matter of how well, or poorly, that writer builds a plot, makes it "airtight," and uses it for this purpose. Thus Myers's view, in the cited post, that Wharton's The age of innocence

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