Category Archives: Guernica

Guernica is 6 This Thursday

Guernica is 6 this coming Thursday. If you’re in New York, come out for the celebration. And because you’re reading this, get a discount by using this code: FACEBOOKFRIEND. More info on the party is here. Last year, David Byrne … Continue reading

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New fiction on Guernica: Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay, writer about town, contributor to HTMLGIANT and associate editor at (one of my favorite magazines) PANK, has a story in Guernica about zombies. Except she tells us, it’s spelled “zombis.” She’s at RoxaneGay.com (Pic is by Amber Hewitt, … Continue reading

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New Fiction on Guernica: Ethel Rohan

We’re going with two short-short pieces by Ethel Rohan. They’re sort-of, kind-of, about leaving and returning to Ireland. We don’t normally run micro-fiction, but I had to go with it, this time. Ethel was raised in Ireland and now lives … Continue reading

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Ground Zero and “The Mosque”

I lost a few friends over this one (but in the end, gained more than I’d lost) One guy, a writer I’ve published, called me all sort of names. Maybe you’ll hate it, too.

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New Fiction on Guernica

I’m not sure how many fiction pieces I’ve edited at Guernica–maybe about 100 (an exhausting thing to contemplate). This week, we have Leora Skolkin-Smith’s short story, “The Fragile Mistress,” which is an excerpt from the novel of the same name. … Continue reading

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Reading: Hosting Park-Lit in Union Sq

Park-Lit has a simple concept: writers read from their work,  outside, in a public park. At 6:30 on the 21st, Guernica (in association with Park-Lit) will be having a reading in Union Square Park. (On the south side, right in … Continue reading

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Cinema’s Beautiful Blowhard

I wrote an essay recommending Samuel Fuller’s work. A portion of what I said: “A Fuller film careers between drama and melodrama; it stars scene-chewing actors; is low budget, and has the subtlety of a machete. A Fuller film can … Continue reading

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PEN World Voices and Guernica: A recap

Novelist Claire Messud (who was guest-editor at Guernica recently) led a panel discussion on women, diversity, and literature. I’ll let another Guernica writer Lorraine Adams sum up the event. Continue reading

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Norman Rush: “Mating”

It took some convincing to get me to read Norman Rush. I expected his first novel, Mating, to be an obvious cross between Saul Bellow and a Victorian romance. It took me a long time to realize this: that’s not such a bad combination. Continue reading

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Jakob Dylan: “Women and Country”

“Because of a former roommate, I shut the door on Jakob Dylan. While my roommate played Dylan’s hit, “One Headlight” repeatedly, I escaped to my bedroom where I could listen to something else. She sang random bars from his songs all day. She shattered the few quiet moments in the apartment to blather on about Dylan’s “cuteness.” When she wasn’t doing any of that, she was comparing him favorably with Bob Dylan, saying that his father couldn’t sing or write a single good song —not a one.” Continue reading

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Guernica at Page Turner

November 14th, I’ll be at Page Turner, The Asian American Literary Festival. I’ll be introducing Guernica Guest fiction editors Amitava Kumar and V.V. Ganeshananthan, who will be conducting a reading, along with the writers who are featured in this week’s … Continue reading

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The Caine Prize, E.C., and Me

I wrote about the the recent Caine Prize for African Writing award for the Guernica blog. Spoiler Alert (not really, one could hardly be a surprised, I’d imagine, by what I wrote): I say that my favorite thing about the … Continue reading

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New fiction on Guernica, from Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel’s “Dia” explores the tension that can exist between “just friends” of the opposite sex. I find him sitting on a plastic lounge chair by the hotel pool. I give a little wave and he stands. We kiss on … Continue reading

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New Fiction on Guernica, by Justo Arroyo

“The Question,” by Justo Arroyo translated from Spanish by Seymour Menton “Such fiery pupils—your immediate reaction is to avoid them. But the old man knows it, and he keeps looking at you until you have no other choice but to … Continue reading

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New fiction on Guernica–from Marie Myung-Ok

It’s called “A Meeting,” which is Korean slang for “group date.” Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the novel, Somebody’s Daughter. Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Witness, and TriQuarterly and has been short-listed for the O. … Continue reading

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