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Why you need to read Rachel Kushner’s THE FLAMETHROWERS:
"Brings NYC’s art scene to life so well…you could get high off the paint.” - Entertainment Weekly
“It could scarcely be better…a political novel, a feminist novel, a sexy novel, and a kind of thriller…Virtually every page contains a paragraph that merits—and rewards—rereading.” - Harper’s 
"20 brilliant pages of The Flamethrowers could make any writer’s career.” - Washington Post
“[A] brilliant lightning bolt of a novel…with a deadly accuracy that recalls the young Joan Didion.” - NPR
"A brilliant, startling, truly revolutionary book about the New York art world of the seventies….I want to recommend this stunning book to everyone I know.” —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
"Scintillatingly alive…a pure explosion of now.” - The New Yorker
“A thrilling and prodigious novelist.” – Jonathan Franzen

Why you need to read Rachel Kushner’s THE FLAMETHROWERS:

"Brings NYC’s art scene to life so well…you could get high off the paint.” - Entertainment Weekly

It could scarcely be better…a political novel, a feminist novel, a sexy novel, and a kind of thriller…Virtually every page contains a paragraph that merits—and rewards—rereading.” - Harper’s 

"20 brilliant pages of The Flamethrowers could make any writer’s career.” - Washington Post

[A] brilliant lightning bolt of a novel…with a deadly accuracy that recalls the young Joan Didion.” - NPR

"A brilliant, startling, truly revolutionary book about the New York art world of the seventies….I want to recommend this stunning book to everyone I know.” —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

"Scintillatingly alive…a pure explosion of now.” - The New Yorker

“A thrilling and prodigious novelist.” – Jonathan Franzen

Stephen King on his son Owen’s debut novel, DOUBLE FEATURE: ”If you are in the mood to laugh your ass off, Double Feature will perform that surgery and painlessly. I am proud of my son, Owen, and in awe of his talent.” 
Read an excerpt here.

Stephen King on his son Owen’s debut novel, DOUBLE FEATURE: ”If you are in the mood to laugh your ass off, Double Feature will perform that surgery and painlessly. I am proud of my son, Owen, and in awe of his talent.” 

Read an excerpt here.

Seven tips from F. Scott Fitzgerald on how to write fiction. 
7 tips from Hemingway on how to write fiction.

7 tips from Hemingway on how to write fiction.

For novelist Don DeLillo, sometimes an image is worth more than a thousand words. This is one of the few images that he says has had the power to inspire his fiction.

For novelist Don DeLillo, sometimes an image is worth more than a thousand words. This is one of the few images that he says has had the power to inspire his fiction.

Win a copy of Eight Girls Taking Pictures, the gorgeous new novel by Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt. It’s “a profoundly moving” portrayal of the lives of eight female photographers throughout the 20th century.

Win a copy of Eight Girls Taking Pictures, the gorgeous new novel by Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt. It’s “a profoundly moving” portrayal of the lives of eight female photographers throughout the 20th century.

For The New Yorker's November fiction podcast, David Sedaris reads Miranda July’s “Roy Spivey,” from No One Belongs Here More Than You.

"Sedaris says he was ‘completely, mysteriously shaken up’ by July’s story when he first read it. He compares the experience to that of reading works by Lorrie Moore; though seemingly loaded with jokes, the lighter parts of the narrative accumulate into an unexpectedly affecting whole. ‘I’m laughing, I’m laughing, I’m laughing,’ says Sedaris, ‘and, at the end, I’m just devastated.’”

Listen here or download for free here.

Hilariously horrible.

The winner of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, honoring the worst opening sentence to a work of fiction, has been announced:

As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting. — Cathy Bryant, Manchester, England

View all the category winners and runners-up here.