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Revision Incisions: Editing Your Novel Without Bleeding

December 6, 2010

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November: the month my head was full of dull gray noise. The inevitable result of soaking up too many sights and sounds in London and not having the time to process and put them into proper containers. In which I attended the National Book Awards and watched a personal hero, Patti Smith, take home the […]

Bands Are the Best Functional Dysfunctional Families

November 12, 2010

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I remember reading the word for the first time and chewing it like a piece of perfectly done steak: gestalt. It had come out of the mouth of Richard Patrick, frontman of Filter. It was in one of those very mid-’90s, sound-bitey to the point of being fetishistic “light” news sections in Rolling Stone or SPIN. […]

Friendship: A Revolution Born in My Social Network

October 6, 2010

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I am only human and so contract a social media flu now and then. One too many inane tweets plus a head-on collision with a holier-than-thou tech clique turned me into Joan Crawford with a case of the Nevada dry heaves last weekend. You'd think, then, that I would've greeted Malcolm Gladwell's recent New Yorker article with a righteous fist pump and a spin in the ole bungee-cord office chair.

A Timeline of Ecstatic Influence: An Addendum to Lethem

September 27, 2010

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As Lethem so definitively demonstrates, no one is complete without input—shit tons of the stuff. And yet there's something in human beings even in the 21st century that insists the things that move us be pure of history, as if charisma was a product only of the womb and not an accumulation of experience.

A Beginning from an End: My Origination Story

September 17, 2010

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A tornado walloped Brooklyn last night, and on the bus ride home it hit me that for the first time in my adult life, I'm having fun writing. This realization sprang not from the electrical currents in the air but from the simple fact I'm reliving the most painful moments of my creative expression from a safe distance.

Have White Teeth, Will White Riot

September 11, 2010

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It's one of my most annoying traits: I'm a novelist, but not a great lover of many novels, especially anything post-1960.

A First Novel Is This

September 9, 2010

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Before anyone asks, the answer is no. Nope, Jilly Kilroy is not me, and, non, I am not Jilly Kilroy.