Hunter S. Thompson & Oscar Acosta in the Desert:
A 45-Year Retrospective

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On the morning of Friday, March 19th, 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, already the bestselling author of one book and long overdue on his contract for another, accepted what appeared to be a fairly innocuous journalistic assignment: write five hundred words of copy for Sports Illustrated to go along with a photo essay on the Mint 400 motorcycle race […]

Things American: Control Magic


It’s 7 A.M. on a Saturday in October 2012. I’m twenty-eight-years-old and yelling “Idiot,” “Fucking terrible,” and “What were you thinking?” into my steering wheel. I’m driving home from Time Warp Comics, where I’ve just lost a Magic tournament. And not just lost, but lost lost: eighteenth out of twenty-five at the midnight release for the newest set, Return to Ravnica. […]

Things Buffalo: My New Skin


Kim Chinquee, a writer, professor, and editor based in Buffalo, dips into Lake Erie and other past waters.

Things American: The Buffalo Sentence (Federman, Coetzee, Creeley).


Ted Pelton, publisher of Starcherone Books, explores the city’s former writers and their experiments in and meditations on the sentence.

Things American: An Introduction to Buffalo


This week, three writers from Buffalo share with us their experience of living, learning, and writing in the city.

Things American: Yeah Science Breaking Bad!


Like many, many others, we dived into the k-hole that is breaking down Breaking Bad. What follows is a series of gchat conversations between Jess Stoner and Carmiel Banasky about the show, its fiction connections, and our obsession.

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