Category Archives: Writing

The Best of From a Brooklyn Basement

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post on From a Brooklyn Basement. I’m not writing as much as I was at this site’s storied conception, but I’m still weirdly proud of the content I’ve produced in the … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Going to AWP This Year

Last February, just a few days after I moved from San Francisco back to New York, I went up to Boston for the annual Associated Writing Programs conference. AWP, as it’s commonly known, is basically the industry convention for the … Continue reading

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Ein Name Macht Frei

It is raining. I’m riding on what the woman at the bus station in Krakow called, in surprising English, a minibus. Maybe five rows of seats. I am sitting next to an Asian woman. She must be going where I’m … Continue reading

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Book Review: Taipei by Tao Lin

I can’t remember a work of fiction in the last couple of years that’s been greeted with a more deeply divided response than Tao Lin’s newest novel, Taipei. The novel received a rave review in the Times, but also was … Continue reading

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An Indie Press Worth Your Time: Sunnyoutside

As I wrote recently, there’s a whole boatload of small, independent presses out there putting out great literature. These presses have become the backbone of the literary community and the home of most of the really interesting work being written … Continue reading

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The Top 25 American Novels

If you’ve read this blog at all, you know that, like most people, I love lists. They’re silly and arbitrary, sure, but they give us a great excuse to debate with our friends about the things we love. One such … Continue reading

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An Indie Press Worth Your Time: Short Flight/Long Drive

There has been a lot of fretting in the last few years about the death of the novel, the death of the book. I’ve certainly had my own share of worries about this, given the way the major presses have … Continue reading

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