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2012 Stories by Angela Ashman

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  • BUILDING BRIDGES

    published April 25, 2012

    They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but in the case of the PEN American Center, which is turning 90, that's simply not true. At this... More >>

  • CELEBRITY TAKEDOWN

    published April 25, 2012

    From showbiz icons to randy politicians, award-winning illustrator Drew Friedman has been there with his pen since the ’80s to skewer the... More >>

  • WRITER UP

    published April 11, 2012

    Just in time for Yankees opening day, Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding, a terrific book that centers on the players of a winning... More >>

  • SHOP AROUND

    published April 11, 2012

    So you finished your spring cleaning and donated all the things you no longer want to charity. Good for you! Now get back out there and stock up... More >>

  • BOY WONDER

    published April 11, 2012

    Not about to be pinned down, Dan Fishback has played in bands, created visual-art pieces, and performed solo works for the theater (most recently,... More >>

  • WHITE LIES

    published April 11, 2012

    When Jim Fingal was an intern at The Believer in 2005, he was assigned to fact-check a 15-page essay by John D'Agata about a boy who... More >>

  • HIGH NOON

    published April 11, 2012

    Jonathan Franzen has called author and editor Diane Williams "one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde," and that's no... More >>

  • KILL YR COMPUTER

    published April 11, 2012

    When Jack White said, "What a shame to leave a child, or worse, a generation 
orphaned from one of life's great beauties," was he talking... More >>

  • FRESH PAINT

    published April 11, 2012

    The late arts patron Vera List, who had a natural eye for collecting contemporary art, once said: "I don't want to buy what someone else likes. I... More >>

  • LITERARY LIGHTS

    published April 11, 2012

    "I don't want to write any story that I think can be written," author Nathan Englander recently told Granta magazine. "The challenge and fun of... More >>

  • DADDY ISSUES

    published April 11, 2012

    In the award-winning Danish film The Celebration (1998), family dysfunction rules when a young man accuses his father of incest at his 60th... More >>

  • STOP THE PRESSES

    published April 11, 2012

    By the time he retired in 1974, the influential columnist Joseph Alsop had a wide reach in America, impacting policy and popular opinion with his... More >>

  • BOOGIE DOWN

    published April 4, 2012

    No need to guess why budding filmmaker and actor Lena Dunham would find Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998) inspiring. The story... More >>

  • RED-LIGHT DISTRICT

    published April 4, 2012

    If you’re in a band, and David Lynch agrees to collaborate with you, the first rule is that you don’t ask questions. In the case of... More >>

  • NEW CHAPTERS

    published April 4, 2012

    Since the indie publishing empire McSweeney’s was founded by Dave Eggers in 1998, they’ve put out books that are both wonderful to... More >>

  • SPEED PUNK

    published April 4, 2012

    Spend enough time with a musician, and you'll find that his or her war stories of life on the road can be entertaining but, well, endless.... More >>

  • TRAVELING MAN

    published April 4, 2012

    Well, this one is certainly tough to resist: a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer-winning Death of a Salesman, starring none... More >>

  • PLAYBOY MANSION

    published April 4, 2012

    Who doesn’t like a Gershwin tune? The producers of the new musical Nice Work If You Can Get It are betting no one. Taking all the favorite... More >>

  • FIGHT BACK

    published March 28, 2012

    In their righteous new Guerrilla Girls' Art Museum Activity Book, the feminist group (whose members dress up in ferocious gorilla costumes) offers... More >>

  • BE PREPARED

    published March 28, 2012

    Rory Hendrix, the young protagonist of Tupelo Hassman's debut novel, Girlchild, lives in a trailer park outside Reno at the mercy of a... More >>

  • GOING FAST

    published March 28, 2012

    Since Michael Robbins made his New Yorker debut in 2009 with the exuberant and un–New Yorker–like poem "Alien vs.... More >>

  • ABRACADABRA

    published March 28, 2012

    Although deeply earnest magicians such as Criss Angel and David Blaine would likely tell you there’s nothing funny about their line of work,... More >>

  • REEL DOWNTOWN

    published March 21, 2012

    Not long ago, filmmaker Sara Driver’s 1980 cult hit You Are Not I, based on the Paul Bowles short story and co-written and shot by... More >>

  • BOOKISH BUFFET

    published March 21, 2012

    Every year, the San Francisco–based literary organization Radar Productions hosts the Radar Lab retreat in Mexico for LGBT writers and... More >>

  • CELLULOID DREAMS

    published March 21, 2012

    Lights! Camera! Read! Steve Erickson, author of the Hollywood novel Zeroville (which James Franco optioned last year) and editor of our... More >>

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