by Kyle Francis Williams

Kate Zambreno

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People are bothered by all of this, and I admit I am both irritated and amused by it. I think I like the bother, the trouble. It makes us ask — what is a novel?

Death and So Forth – Gordon Lish

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These might be old tricks (for Lish), but they are still good tricks.

Hedgie Choi

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But my inner critic is the one who writes in the first place.

Kate Durbin

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This connects to an anxiety I’ve had since childhood about wanting to record everything that’s ever happened, which is perhaps simply a fear of my own mortality, as well as the mortality of everything in this beautiful world.

Elle Nash

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“I am thinking about the body a lot and all of the time. The body is where the story starts.”

Vesna Maric

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Perhaps this is Fate, in that our interdependence is inescapable, that we always affect each other.

Forsyth Harmon

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“Illustrated literature hasn’t really been popular since the nineteenth century. I would like to open the discussion around that form again, to see what we can do with it.”

Exposition / The White Dress – Nathalie Léger

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Nathalie Leger’s triptych is a balletic interpretation over the line between fiction and criticism.

Megan Cummins

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“Even more than I ever wanted to write a book, I wanted to have health insurance.”

Elisa Gabbert

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So a good way to make myself write an essay is to nurture and cultivate a small obsession. Like a Chia Pet.