August 2, 2019

Time, Patience, Paradox

By Jeff Alessandrelli

Earlier this year a close friend of mine, R, got a $100,000 advance for two books. To say I was happy for her was an understatement. Although the contract also […]

June 3, 2019

The Doodles of Famous Authors

By Caroline Hagood

I’m not shy about my love of words, letters, and even whole sentences. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a truly impressive feat of cultural curation over at […]

April 20, 2019

On Slow Reading, Considering, and Consuming

By Jeff Alessandrelli

It’s long been understood that going to an art museum doesn’t necessarily mean one desires to look at art, at least not for prolonged, potentially edifying periods. Articles like Artnet’s […]

December 9, 2016

Trump’s Last Tweet

By Cody Walker

Nearly twenty years ago, newly arrived in Seattle, I needed help finding an apartment. Online listings were still a few years away, so I signed up for a service that […]

February 19, 2016

The Art of the Literary Humblebrag

By Jeff Alessandrelli

The humblebrag (RIP Harris Wittels) seems to be part of our contemporary culture, but its literary variety is of an ilk slightly different from your normal “I-seriously-need-to-stop-going-to-the-gym-5-days-a-week” kind. For those unfamiliar […]

December 27, 2015

An End In Itself

By Dora Malech

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. — Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho  I’ve been thinking about failure all month, ever since I wrote about it in the […]

December 15, 2011

Mix Tape: Popular Muses

By Maggie Smith

Check out the How a Poem Happens blog. In the latest post, John Drury talks about inspiration. “Yes, I like being ambushed by memory and imagination, and I do what […]