Category Archives: Notes from the (narrative) Nonfiction Faction

More long-form reading

A few posts back I mentioned longform.org as the best site I wish I’d never found (because I already spend too much of my day reading stuff.  Not that I wouldn’t like to spend my entire working day reading—if there’s … Continue reading

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New name, new narrative nonfiction home

So here we are.  Narrative Snack is the new home of the Blog Formerly Known as Welcome to the Hinterlands.  All the old content is here, and I’ll be updating lists and links in the coming weeks.  Feel free to … Continue reading

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Best site I wish I’d never found

Oh why oh why did I have to discover longform.org?  I will never get any work done!  I haven’t looked into the Instapaper feature on the site, but here’s the gist of what longform offers: a central clearinghouse of long-form … Continue reading

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When I read fiction

As I believe I have freely admitted before in these pages (pages? entries?  updates?), as a rule when I dip into contemporary fiction, it’s fiction for the junior set.   I’m a fan of the Harry Potter series.  And I recently … Continue reading

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The New Yorker on Memoir

Kudos go to New Yorker writer Daniel Medelsohn for not mentioning the Laura Albert/JT Leroy scandal in the context of his piece on memoir.  As declared in previous Hinterlands post (subset of the ongoing “Memoir Controversy” thread): However, in parting,  … Continue reading

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Let's call it memoir week.  Next up, a discussion of Daniel Medelsohn's New Yorker "Books" piece on memoir.  But first, this arrived yesterday in my in-box, courtesy the OED online's word-of-the-day. memoir, n.             DRAFT REVISION Sept. 2009  … Continue reading

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The Esquire iPhone app: the future of long form narrative?

Esquire's January issue is an app (video demo).  Will the app store be the new newsstand?  Will a 21st-century format keep long form narrative alive? Or will anyone want to read 3500 words on a 3-inch screen?

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