July 18, 2018

In Defense of Long Descriptions

By Aatif Rashid

When I was young (middle school) my favorite novels were The Lord of the Rings, though my friends always complained that they were too long and boring, with too much […]

November 30, 2015

A Moveable Funeral

By Brian Michael Murphy

Sales of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast spiked in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The media has framed it as a book that captures the dream of Paris, […]

October 29, 2013

The Twenty-Year Rule

By Amit Majmudar

  Just as there is a sharp division between a 19th century Yeats (the “Celtic Twilight” material) and a deliberately developed, 20th century Yeats (the “Byzantine” Yeats of the more […]

August 30, 2013

The Literary Self(ie)

By Brian Michael Murphy

My favorite part of any literary biography or memoir is usually the glossy white section with the photographs. The photo section, along with the text, constructs the literary self we […]

August 26, 2013

This Is Your Writing On Drugs

By Brian Michael Murphy

Many writers would love to use words the way Alex Rodriguez plays baseball. And many have availed themselves of “performance-enhancing drugs” (PEDs), but writers’ culture is such that there will […]

July 12, 2012

Mix Tape: The One

By Maggie Smith

The 3:AM website disappeared last week. Its servers were managed by a company whose website was down and whose owner could not be located—until people used social media to track […]