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Writing Lessons from NY Times Magazine, Part I

I love the New York Times Magazine. At first glance, this may seem a low risk, even dull, statement. But the truth is that reading this weekly hodgepodge of facts and articles and photos, of politics and science and culture and fiction, is almost a secret pleasure. It’s varied. It’s easy to read. There’s almost [...]

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On Reading Aloud

Two nights, two readings, two launch parties, two great independent bookstores with every seat taken and people standing among stacks and in doorways. Some words to describe this: exciting, gratitude-inducing, terrifying. I’d been given variable advice about reading my work: read for twenty minutes, then take questions and read something else at the end; don’t [...]

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The Books Are Almost on the Shelves

A History of the Present Illness hits bookstores, mailboxes, and e-readers in just five days, and the excitement has already begun! Yesterday, I was at Book Passage, one of the Bay Area’s best independent bookstores, to sign over 300 books for their Signed First Editions Book Club. They were lovely – but that isn’t news. [...]

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