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Interviewed at Not Intent on Arriving

Kristin Maffei, a poet with whom I shared two incredible years with at the NYU MFA program, has interviewed me for her blog Not Intent on Arriving. Check me out! I’d excerpt the interview here, but that would be myself quoting myself, which I’ve already done, albeit when the topic was not myself. Narcissa.

Instead, I’ll borrow Kristin’s description of her blog:

Not Intent On Arriving is a…

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New publication: “Sagas of New York”

Golden Handcuffs Review

The Spring-Summer ’14 issue of Golden Handcuffs Review includes my short story “Carl’s Saga” as part of its short story sequence entitled “Sagas of New York,” edited by Rick Moody.

Golden Handcuffs Review

Golden Handcuffs Review

This collection of 11 stories was produced by our MFA class on pre-Cervantes literature, which Moody taught in the spring of 2013. Our reading list included the Icelandic sagas, along with the R…

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The New Civil Rights? Law Prof’s Research Explores the “Dark Side of Assimilation”

What is the price of fitting in? On April 1, I got a lesson on the potential dangers of conformity at the 14th Annual Korematsu Lecture held at NYU Law, which I attended on an assignment for work. (Disclaimer: I work in their Office of Communications.)

Covering by Kenji Yoshino

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

The lecture series is named for Fred Korematsu, who was convicted in 1944 for not reporting to a…

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A memo from 20 years ago, today.

Key quote: “The internet is a collection of computer networks that is connected around the world…A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups, but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances.”

via Johnny Kauffman at NPR 

When the Internet arrives, it will be memorable.

Nobody writes songs about sitting on the edge of the tub while a man applies topical antibiotics to your oozing skin graft. There are no poetic odes to women with gaping scars, no sonnets to men who may be wearing the same shirt for the third day in a row.

But maybe there should be…

Post-MFA Life: Who will have me now?

Thou shalt not get an MFA to make money. Thou shalt not get an MFA to publish a book. Thou shalt not get an MFA to advance thy career.

I need mo' allowance

via Wikimedia Commons

I got an MFA so that two years of my life would forever bear that big fat imprint of “writing.” I got an MFA so I could learn more in two years about writing than I might in ten years of trying to figure things out on my own. I got an MFA so…

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Iraq, Scheherazade, and Borges. Now at The Rumpus!

Baghdad Monument of Saddam Hussein

Wikimedia Commons | Peter Rimar

My review of The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim is up at The Rumpus. It’s a short story collection by an Iraqi author living in Finland:

Blasim’s slim new volume gives us an asylum-seeker’s experience as a kidnapping victim, a young man’s admiration for his murderous older brother, and an unwilling suicide bomber’s love for his mother. But Blasim also throws in…

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Einstein once said that you can’t simultaneously prepare for war and peace. There’s something analogous here. This key brain region can’t simultaneously prompt you to do the right thing because it’s the right thing and because otherwise you’re going to get your butt kicked.