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WEB EXCLUSIVE: WHY I’M VOLUNTEERING AT THE FINISH LINE AGAIN THIS YEAR

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I watched Harry run off and looked around at the chaos. One lane of traffic on Boylston had been cleared of volunteers and runners; emergency vehicles flew by, running over discarded green Gatorade cups. “We need more wheelchairs,” a medical volunteer to my left said … Continue reading

REVIEW: THE ASTOR ORPHAN BY ALEXANDRA ALDRICH

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Throughout The Astor Orphan you will laugh, you will cry, and more often than not you’ll probably want to give one or two of her family members a smack across the face. Continue reading

REVIEW: THE KICKSTARTER LETTERS BY DAVID DAVID KATZMAN

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Last year David David Katzman released his second novel, the psychedelic fairytale A Greater Monster, and he did so with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Part of the reward system for funding A Greater Monster was that Katzman would write each contributor a stream of consciousness letter inspired by that person’s name or a story suggestion from them. Katzman has now taken the best 65 of these letters and packaged them together along with some weird and whimsical artwork from illustrator Mike Wilgus into one gorgeous and utterly unique work he calls The Kickstarter Letters.
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REVIEW: THE STUD BOOK BY MONICA DRAKE

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Monica Drake’s first novel, Clown Girl, has been optioned for film by Kristen Wiig. When that flick gets made even your long dead grandmother will know who Monica Drake is.
And who she is, as evidenced by her new novel The Stud Book, is an author who knows how to craft a sharp satire that’s riddled with unexpectedly poignant moments. Continue reading

BOOK ‘EM: WHAT’S WRONG WITH HOMOSEXUALITY? BY JOHN CORVINO

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Professor John Corvino drives home the point—seemingly untenable to some—that homosexual and heterosexual relationships are (for better and worse, for richer or poorer, and in sickness and in health) not that different from each other. Continue reading

FREELANCE LADY: AWP: A FIRST-TIMER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

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The AWP Conference kicks off on Wednesday. Are you ready? Continue reading

FREELANCE LADY: SUCK IT, WRITER’S BLOCK: THE FIVE BEST WRITING GUIDES

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The Beatles once said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” That may be true if you’re tripping on acid, but writing is a solitary sport. Continue reading

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