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The End of the Story

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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To those who knew him through his work—and, if we are to believe the many tributes published in the past two months, to those who knew him intimately as well—Thompson was a strange and lovely amalgamation.

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Poets House and PSA Branch Out

by Daniel Nester

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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Aided by a $260,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America, two nonprofit literary organizations based in New York City, recently partnered to establish Branching Out: Poetry in the Twentieth Century.

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Fear of Flight: Rewriting Short Fiction as a Novel

by Ginger Strand

The Practical Writer

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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In April 2003, an agent sat down with me, pointed to my manuscript, and said the words I had been dreading: I think this should be a novel. I shuddered. I was no novelist. I was a minimalist, a votress of the goddess of gesture, a worshipper at the altar of the succinct. I was a short story writer.

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Imported Imprint to Close Its Doors

by Christopher Arthur

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

HarperCollins recently announced that it will close its United States imprint Fourth Estate. 

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Filling the Best Seats in the House

by Anna Mantzaris

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Thanks to a growing trend in grassroots marketing and publicity, writers in the San Francisco Bay area are reading to packed houses—literally. 

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features the Grove Review, the Sonora Review, Volt, Quick Fiction, and Barrelhouse. 

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Searching for Signs of Shakespeare

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Most writers have heard the old saying about the Bard and the chimps: Gather 100 monkeys (or similarly hirsute primates) in a room, give them typewriters, and sooner or (more likely) later, they’ll deliver the complete works of Shakespeare. Nick Hoggard, a British computer programmer living in Sweden, has decided to put the theory—often attributed to Thomas Huxley, a 19th-century disciple of Charles Darwin—to the test. 

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Q&A: Inside Christopher McCabe's BEA

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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Christopher McCabe, the new manager of BEA, speaks directly about its purpose and sets the stage for the United States publishing industry’s biggest event.

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In Memory of Hunter S. Thompson: Postcard From Louisville, Kentucky

by Nickole Brown

Postcard

Online Only, posted 4.15.05

When I stepped off the plane in Aspen, Colorado, in June 1997, I found a 60-year-old Hunter S. Thompson waiting for me in a convertible Cadillac blasting Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" at full volume. I was terrified; he was giddy. He was playing the song because it was a part of the soundtrack put together for the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that was scheduled to hit theaters the following summer, and he could not have been happier.

 

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The Written Image: Walt Whitman

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass, the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman is cosponsoring a citywide festival from March 26 (the day of Whitman’s death) to May 31 (his birthday). 

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