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Deaths of Distant Friends (or, John Updike Fucking Rocks)

Kurt Baumeister and John Updike met once upon a time. The event probably wasn’t memorable for Updike, but it was for Baumeister. Continue reading




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An Interview with D. Foy–Part 2

Part 2 of Kurt Baumeister’s discussion with author D. Foy wherein the topic turns to matters as diverse as Foy’s literary influences and a dog named Mrs. Roosevelt. And there’s an excerpt from Patricide!




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An Interview with D. Foy–Part 1

In Part 1 of their two-part conversation, D. Foy and Kurt Baumeister discuss time, fathers, religion, capitalism, the state of literary fiction, and D.’s bold new book, Patricide.




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Writing an Elegy for Ellicott City While Reading T.S. Eliot

It is the oldest story— one part of a town destroying the other, oblivious.




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My Threeway with Matthew Norman and Jessica Anya Blau

In which I make it with two of my favorite writers. And by “it,” I mean “conversation.”




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Mary: An Excerpt from “The Prisoner of Hell Gate” by Dana I. Wolff

An excerpt from the new novel by Dana I. Wolff (Picador).




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Literary Seductions: Twenty Books To Hook Up To

Sean Beaudoin tells you how to enjoy the ending.




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Looking Back at the Abyss: Reflections on Binge-Watching “Hannibal”

Binge-watching Hannibal gets to be a pretty harrowing affair. Hear why.




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Outlier Aphrodisiacs & Fear of Loss: On Writing Perfectly Broken

Robert Burke Warren on going from acclaimed children’s entertainer Uncle Rock to novelist wrestling with how best to render the erotic realities of adulthood.




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