Watch the latest installment in our acclaimed Single Sentence Animation series

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Just because MTV hasn’t played a music video in at least a decade (the last one aired around the time we discovered there weren’t chicken in the sea), doesn’t mean the form is as as dead as the radio star. When Etgar Keret, the brilliant author of Suddenly a Knock at the Door, makes the [...]

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In this animation for Recommended Reading, a free fiction magazine, Grier Dill animates and scores a sentence from “Our Education” by Lincoln Michel. The sentence: “Did we as students, in our weakness, fabricate whole memories from these scattered, pointless items?” Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations. The writer selects a favorite sentence from his or [...]

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1. The readerly and writerly crowd at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore.  Raymond Carver once said “That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.” As a writer whose fame came primarily from short stories, it came as little surprise that Carver’s “Why Don’t You Dance for Me?” was included [...]

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The New Yorker could not have predicted the scope of F. Scott Fitzgeralds’s posthumous popularity when they rejected his short story in 1936: “We’re afraid that this Fitzgerald story is altogether out of the question. It seems to us so curious and so unlike the kind of thing we associate with him, and really too fantastic. [...]

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Dear Readers, Here’s something to kick off hump day the right way: Recommended Reading Vol. 2, No. 2, guest edited by Graywolf Press. “‘People tend to be curious about me. It’s a curious thing. You’re not curious?’ She says: cyuh-yuss. And here’s the thing: I am curious. I’m pretty fucking deep in already, if you [...]

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1. The crowd at Tishman Auditorium. 2. Mr. Elusive, AKA Don DeLillo, with Larry Dark.   Last night in the Tishman Auditorium at The New School, Robert Polito, Director of the Graduate Writing Program, said The Story Prize has “accomplished something incredible … a sophisticated evaluation of the form.” Now in its eighth year, The [...]

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Emma Straub is a bit of an anomaly in the publishing business: She’s smiley, she’s blond, she doesn’t wear all black. She likes social networking, especially Twitter. She isn’t afraid to get all lowbrow and confess her love for things like The Bachelor and the New Kids on the Block. And she’s nice—really, really nice. [...]

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1. WORD’s “Vandalized by Author” wall. There weren’t any phone numbers. 2. Jen Gillmore, Dead Heads, joints.   David Gutowski, of Largehearted Boy and most recently Book Boroughing, describes himself on his Twitter bio as such: “I read and write and listen to music. A lot.” This is all you really need to know about Gutowski and his blog, [...]

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Guava by Etgar Keret Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Shlesinger There was no sound from the engines of the plane. There were no sounds at all. Except perhaps the soft crying of the flight attendants a few rows behind him. Through the elliptical window, Shkedi looked at the cloud hovering just below him. He could imagine [...]

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