Talent isn’t enough, she had told us. Writing is work. Anyone can do this, anyone can learn to do this. It’s not rocket science, it’s habits of mind and habits of work. I started with people much more talented than me, she said, and they’re dead or in jail or not writing. The difference between myself and them is that I’m writing.
Some afternoon reading from POWERHOUSE event alum Alexander Chee on one of the best nature writers ever.
Issue No. 7
I’ve always had a soft spot for the short-short—that is, the literary short story weighing in at less than 1,000 words.
I don’t bring this up when introducing Phil Klay’s “OIF” so that I can tell you that this is a great story for a short-short…
On Monday, March 10, we’ll be hosting the Brooklyn book launch for Phil Klay’s highly anticipated debut collection, Redeployment. Here’s a story that should help whet your appetite. (via Electric Lit)
Phil’s program will also feature a conversation with novelist Patrick McGrath. To RSVP to the event, click here.
We may not have been lucky enough to enroll in their classes, but we still got our hands on their syllabi and lectures. Take a peek, and learn from the masters!
President’s Day is over - back to school, y’all!
Every time you go out into the day you’ve also got to experience the bleakness of night.
Recent American wars have made the term “redeployment” a household word. Troops are moved around, withdrawn and redistributed in one big seemingly endless war. Phil Klay’s stunningly fine and poignant debut collection of short stories, Redeployment, uses the word “war” both as military language and as the world his characters inhabit. These 18, often brutal stories are told by different narrators who have a variety of jobs and ranks. The tone and style throughout is understated, quiet, reserved—in perfect counterbalance to the horrific events that are being described.
A great primer on Phil Klay via Shelf Awareness - the author will celebrate the Brooklyn book launch of Redeployment with novelist Patrick McGrath in March. To RSVP here, go here.