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On Endings

The first thing we need you to do, Mr. Barish, is to go home and collect everything you own that has some association with Clementine. Anything. We’ll use these items to create a map of Clementine in your brain. So we’ll need photos, clothing, gifts, books she may have bought you, CDs you may have…

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From the Internet Graveyard #2: Nora

Note: This story first appeared on My Muted Voice, a now vacant piece of Internet property. Here, it is preserved in its original form. There is a sketch in an old journal from years ago of a fortress—a place for keeping secrets and acting out. I drew that fortress when Nora started coming around. When…

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This Weekend’s Brain to Books CyberCon

This is going to be quick. This weekend, I will be participating in the Brain to Books CyberCon on Goodreads. The CyberCon has been organized by the incredibly energetic and organized Angela B. Chrysler. There are, count’em, almost 700 authors from every genre imaginable attending this event. Here is what I said about the event…

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KW Peery Talks Music, Tequila, and His New Poetry Collection

Welcome to another very special installment of Virtual Napkins Interviews. This week, we will be chatting with poet K.W. Peery whose poetry collection, Tales of a Receding Hairline, is out on February 5, 2016 from GenZ Publishing. One of my favorite descriptions of the work of a poet comes from Samuel Johnson’s novel, Rasselas: “To…

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New Star Wars and the Kid in Me

When I was a kid, I lived for Fridays. Of course, as an adult, I still live for Fridays–but the reasons have changed a bit. As a kid, I knew that Fridays were for going to the local video rental store. For those of you who don’t know, video rental stores were like Netflix except…