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Writers Ask: The Waiting Game

How long is too long to wait for a journal or press to read your submission? How much can writers get paid for a short story? What are the worst writerly affectations? Once again we’re here to tackle your most pressing queries about writing, publishing, and the vagaries of the human experience.

Talking points for this episode include: therapy dogs, AWP, jaunty hats, clove cigarettes, adult-film scripts, and writing in coffee shops.

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Special shout out this week to all the listeners we met at AWP. It was really gratifying to hear how many of you are enjoying the show. And to new post-AWP listeners: welcome! We hope you’ll stick around, and tell all your writerly friends.

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Episode 8: Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

Actual fighting! Finally!

This week Tom and I welcomed yet another guest into the Book Fight Basement: Brad Windhauser, our friend and colleague at Temple University here in Philadelphia. Brad admitted up front he had some pretty strong feelings about The Art of Fielding, particularly its characterization (or lack thereof) of its gay characters. The three of us got into it over whether the novel has insights to offer about the mind of the athlete, college life, romance, or sexual reawakenings. Continue reading