Open Lettres from Alex & Jesse: Dear Merle Haggard

We sailed through those towns, murdered that dragon, and snatched up the golden dobro, just like you asked, Merle!

6 Illustrated Quotes by Emil Cioran to Get You Over the Hump Day

Wednesday: To have accomplished nothing and to die overworked.

US Citizen Makes an Application for a Student Visa to the UK Border Agency, in Numbers

After months of relating my soul-crushing experience getting a student visa from the British consulate in New York, I found that numbers speak louder than words.

Polar Vortex DIY

If Do-It-Yourself culture continues to gain appeal as fast as climate change lays on the chaos, it might make sense to look to the hinterlands for both practical guidance and hints about the fashions of the future.

Please Feel

Please feel, the new works of middlebrow beg, as if emotion were a difficult thing to conjure.

Message to lit mags: just say “no”

Some rejection letters have become ugly and patronizing, and they’re doing a disservice to writers.

Failed Questionnaires

A series of failed attempts at a year-end questionnaire and a preview of things to come.

Best of the Blog 2013 (part 2)

When panic takes over, the arbitrary program that decides asylum, notes towards a study of anthropomorphism, and the revolutionary aspects of coffee beans. We conclude our look back at the best of the blog.

Best of the Blog 2013 (part 1)

The mysteries of the axolotl, the swan song of the booty call, Reagan as Trojan Horse, and one conspicuous Novelist exposed as a con man: it’s all here in our 2013 blog recap (stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow)

The 10 Best Books of 2013

The year’s best books, as selected by the editors of Full Stop.