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  • danchaon:

    Cool surprise from this interview with Karen Russell that made me really happy:  

    Karen Russell: Back at Northwestern, I was fortunate enough to meet the excellent writer Dan Chaon, who came and talked to our writing class. I remember turning in a story to him that was way too long, some twenty-two-page mess about a lady who had a huge starfish and could see the future. I think the character was abducted by these two brothers—I don’t know, I’ve repressed the rest of it.

    But Dan was so kind to me about this story, and he told me I should be reading Kelly Link, George Saunders, Kevin Brockmeier. He alerted me to these contemporary writers who were writing weird, inventive stuff. They were New Wave Fabulists, he said.

    And I owe them a huge debt; I went on to become a blood-sworn fan of those writers. I felt a sort of tail-wagging joy, you know, reading these story collections. A recognition. It was like Dan rode through town and handed me a literary family tree.

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  • "In recent years, my family has fallen into two clear camps: Federer and Nadal. My mother favors the former, as steady and beautiful as a Swiss timepiece, whereas my husband and I favor the latter. I like Rafa so much that I wrote him into my novel in two different ways, not even counting the fact that the book takes place on Mallorca, where Nadal is from. The creepiest thing I did was turn Rafa into a Spanish tutor and deliver him as a devirginating savior to my teenage heroine."

    Requiem for Rafa: The US Open Needs Nadal | Rolling Stone

    I wrote about Rafa Nadal for Rolling Stone.

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  • "The girls’ smoking dorm is right next to the boys’ smoking dorm, and so we notice those boys first. We’ve all arrived at the same time, but somehow everyone (many of us are New Yorkers) already seems to know each other. I am the baby. We come up with code names for the boys we think are cute, and for the ones we don’t. One boy is called Busted Sofa because of a middle part that makes his head look like, well, a busted sofa. Another is called Spicy Poultry because he’s good-looking but in a generic, bland way. One boy is tall and smart and later in the summer will steal my father’s hat from a party at my parents’ house. Our favorites, though, our favorites, are a pair of fraternal twins who are, together and apart, so handsome and adult-looking that I am sure they are ageless vampires. Giving them nicknames would be like giving nicknames to the sun and the moon and so we don’t."

    Rookie » July, 1995

    I wrote about July of 1995 for Rookie.

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  • Ordered my 4 yr old friend a tutu from Claire’s Accessories and then accidentally orderes myself a pair of sunglasses from the Katy Perry collection.

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  • Yay @bookpeople! Now I want tacos for lunch. #Repost from @bookpeople with @repostapp —- “THE VACATIONERS by @emmastraub is a fantastic read. Believable characters, a quirky family on vacation in Mallorca, lots of secrets. I’m enjoying it very much.” - Kathleen

    For more of what we’re reading this week, check bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com later today. We’re busy rounding up what’s in our bags and on our pages today. #bookpeople #staffpick #shoplocal

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  • Rescued from my parents’ basement. Subscriber since 1991.

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  • Beat part of always reading @skylightbooks.

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  • Hard to say what I like most about this photo. Thanks for having me, Mashable! #thenet #Repost from @mashable with @repostapp —- So happy to have had #author @emmastraub stop by Mashable to talk about this month’s #MashReads pick, #TheVacationers. Check out our Google Hangout with Emma by clicking the link in our profile.

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  • at Mashable

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  • A rainy day didn’t keep book lovers away! Thank you @jynnne @lydiahirt @thesurflodgemtk @montaukbrewco! So much fun!

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