Books! Books! Books!

If you’re a writer, you’ve heard this before: READ! READ! READ! And probably also: Read broadly. If you write fiction, you should also be reading poetry and essays and other nonfiction. If you write poetry you should be reading short stories and memoirs, and so on. And I do. I love to read. Sometimes—like many of …

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Shelf Check: A Short Story

We asked (again). You answered (again). In honor of short story master O. Henry, we have created free ePub versions of both "The Last Leaf" and "The Ransom of Red Chief" for you to read. We have also included links to Maeve Brennan's "Christmas Eve" and Roddy Doyle's "Bullfighting," both originally published in The New Yorker. "The Last …

City Underwater

Editor's note: Unless otherwise noted, photos were virally shared via social media. In fifth grade, we were assigned a research project that would take the form of a report, presented in front of the class. The research project was meant to focus on a news event from some time in the past. I can’t remember the …

Shelf Check: Poetry

Bursts of Light: The Collected Later Poems by William Bronk "The collected later poems of an astonishing poet. Bronk's poems are exquisitely crafted vessels of thought: "intense mind-fucks," a poet friend of mine once called them."  David | Kansas City, MO   Scribbled in the Dark by Charles Simic   "It's about the contrast between the light and the dark, …