The Science of Magical ThinkingKristopher Jansma
Saleem Sinai, the narrator of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, is born at exactly midnight on the 15th of August...
Supermarket MittelschmerzMax Winter
In this essay, author Max Winter (Exes) reflects on his mother’s career as a painter, why she inexplicably stopped painting when he was...
The Invention of the Self Is Another Kind of FictionKrys Lee
Once there was a child who hid from her father. She imagined him with blades for hands, she saw herself as strung on a leash that he owned.
Appreciating Tillie OlsenKatherine Arnoldi
On the publication of Tell Me a Riddle, Requa 1 and Other Works, Katherine Arnoldi reflects on the revered author, Tillie Olsen.
On Alice MunroRoxana Robinson
Roxana Robinson, the author of such works as Sweetwater and Sparta, writes an appreciation of the masterful short story writer Alice Munro.
Four Surprising Influences on We Love You, Charlie FreemanKaitlyn Greenidge
We asked First Novel Prize finalist Kaitlyn Greenidge to talk about some of the unusual influences behind her fantastic novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman
Ha Jin on Literature and EvilHa Jin
At the 2012 AWP conference, The Center for Fiction hosted a panel Literature and Evil with Ha Jin, Marilynne Robinson and Paul Harding, moderated...
That's My Story and I'm (Probabilistically) Sticking to ItLiam Durcan
The man kept on talking and talking, telling me about the cat that was brushing up against his right thigh at that very moment
What Was It You Wanted?Tom Piazza
I like spending time with the writers I like. I don’t like reading authors I don’t like.
On Mind & MeaningDexter Palmer
The pattern of my conversation with strangers at parties changed in two ways after I published a novel. The first, and the less common of the...