And the Winner Isn’t …

As most of you have surely heard by now, the Pulitzer Prize winner’s list for 2012 was announced mid-April, but no winner was selected from among the three finalists for the fiction category. The finalists included Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (read my review here ), and The Pale King by… More

Write now. Write how?

M. Molly Backes, author of the forthcoming The Princesses of Iowa and the Assistant Director of StoryStudio Chicago wrote a phenomenal blog post recently on how to be a writer and, since that’s not complicated enough, how to be the parent of a young writer. An excerpt: Let her fail. Let her write pages and… More

Hooray for Science!

In case you missed it, The Royal Society posted the longlist for its 2011 Winston Prize for Science Books a couple of weeks ago. The list includes 13 books that all look absolutely outstanding, and the shortlist goes up at the end of September before the winner is finally chosen in November. Joan Brady, courtesy… More

The New York Times Magazine Best Fiction Staff Picks:

Curious to know what you think about this list from The New York Times Magazine, Clarity readers. Agree? Disagree? Which of your favs made it? Which amazing game-changers were you shocked to see left off? Nabokov’s Lolita was named the clear winner, but apparently Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay wasn’t too far behind.… More

Mixtape Poems

While sitting down at the computer for a few hours two nights ago to compile that list of June writing contest deadlines and calls for submissions, I came across an awesome new independent literary press based out of St. Louis. Architrave Press, founded this year, selects poems for publication and then offers them for sale… More

It’s Summertime! Submit Some Stuff!

Work is slow. School is finished. The kiddos are away at camp. Across most of the country, it’s already too effing hot to go outside without immediately feeling that you will most definitely perish from heat exhaustion within 60 seconds. You’re mostly just bullshitting around until you take your vacation anyway. Need something to do?… More

Book 2 of 100: Hannah Tinti’s The Good Thief

I received Hannah Tinti’s gem of a novel, The Good Thief, in the mail as a free gift from the literary journal One Story, along with an invitation to what sounded like a really awesome AWP Conference event. (If you aren’t a One Story subscriber, do it. They’re great, and every three weeks you’ll get… More


More than changing the way information is shared, expanding communities, or aiding social advocacy, I love the Internet because it allows me to waste copious amounts of time while still feeling like I’m doing something productive (like reading the news), or interesting (like reading brilliant and hilarious blogs), or educational (like learning about nature). I… More