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Prized

April 2, 2014 | by

BASS-CoverWe’re pleased to announce that two of our stories have been selected by Jennifer Egan for this year’s Best American Short Stories collection: Benjamin Nugent’s “God,” which appeared in issue 206; and “Hover,” by Nell Freudenberger, from issue 207. Their stories will appear in an anthology to be published in October.

We also have nine nominees for this year’s Pushcart Prize:

  • Kate Levin, “Dirty Parts,” from the Daily, July 2013

Congratulations to all!

 

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“A Reverse Fahrenheit 451,” and Other News

February 11, 2013 | by

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Stephen King: The Musical, and Other News

November 21, 2012 | by

  • It’s a David and Goliath story, if David were also pretty tall: the Tolkien Estate is suing Warner Brothers for a cool eighty million dollars over online slot machines and other digital merch that they claim violates copyright.
  • In more literary retirement news: Hungarian Nobel laureate Imre Kertész is also calling it a day.
  • Jennifer Egan, Roxana Robinson, Philip Gourevitch, John Burnham Schwartz, Jane Green, Michael Cunningham, Nick Flynn, Mary Morris, and Darin Strauss all have a mammoth group cameo in Michael Maren’s forthcoming film, A Short History of Decay.
  • Because numerous bookstores are refusing to stock titles from the Amazon imprint, one of its authors claims that his book The 4-Hour Chef is “poised to be the most banned book in U.S. history.” Dubious.
  • Presented sans comment: “Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow will both be singing on the soundtrack of a ghostly musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp.”
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    Sexy Typewriters, Wodehouse Nonsense

    May 25, 2012 | by

  • Apparently, typewriter erotica was a thing in the 1920s. (NSFW-ish.)
  • The most influential lyricist in music? T.S. Eliot.
  • Philip Roth writes in to the Atlantic to set the record straight on his mental health.
  • The Wodehouse random quote generator is a glorious time-waster.
  • The New Yorker tweets Jennifer Egan’s new story, 140 characters at a time.
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    It’s About to Get Really Girly

    August 16, 2011 | by

    Girl Crush was born one weekend this June over a large pot of summer tea. We had been thinking about making a zine, and the idea was so simple and so obvious, there wasn’t an alternative. A flurry of submissions, a very special contributor, many tireless nights of editing and designing later—and Girl Crush came into being. We threw a launch party last Friday at Thom Bar. —Thessaly La Force and Jenna Wortham

    Thessaly La Force and Jenna Wortham, the zine's creators.

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    Jennifer Egan Fever

    July 12, 2011 | by

    Photograph by Pieter M van Hattem/Vistalux.

    Did you know that Jennifer Egan was robbed by a motorcyclist in Spain at the age of twenty-two? That when she was little, she wanted to be a doctor, but then she tried to be an archeologist? That she’s written exactly one celebrity profile and it’s of Calvin Klein? And that she received a gratuitous amount of CK1, which she wore until it ran out? That her first apartment in New York City was on West 69th Street but she has also lived on East 7th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A) and West 28th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), but now she lives in Fort Greene? That she wrote her first (and unpublished) novel while studying abroad at Cambridge? That she was a reader for The Paris Review? That she writes her first drafts by longhand? And her second?

    I have Jennifer Egan fever. I caught it at the beginning of last year, when I read “Ask Me if I Care,” a short story of hers that The New Yorker had excerpted from her then-forthcoming novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. I read the other two stories The New Yorker had published on my iPhone while getting a pedicure. It’s a banal admission only worth recalling because I remember sitting in the salon’s lounge long after the polish had dried and it was time to leave—I had to read it all, right then and there. After that, I read every single story she published, every novel she had written, every interview I could get my hands on. (I knew the obsession was bad when I started picking through the Amazon reviews.)

    Egan’s prose is stunning, funny, sexy—cool. Her stories reference Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys. She can write about an attractive kleptomaniac on a first date, a topic that seems dangerously cliché, and yet, by the end of opening paragraph, you’re hooked. She’s transparent about her writing process; honest about what she borrows and what she invents. It’s not that she “beat” Jonathan Franzen, though I see why some feel the need to pit the two authors against one another. And it’s not that she’s perfect—I have yet to encounter someone who liked The Keep—but maybe that’s also part of the appeal.

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