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Evan Roskos was born and raised in New Jersey, a state often maligned for its air and politics but rightly praised for its produce. One of Narrative’s Best New Writers, Evan’s fiction has appeared in Granta’s New Voices online feature, as well as in Story Quarterly, The Hummingbird Review, and BestFiction. He earned an MFA from Rutgers University - Newark and teaches literature and writing courses for Rowan University and Rutgers - Camden. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish his debut novel Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets in 2013.


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Evan Roskos So funny you ask this now--I ALMOST sorta did recently. They are very hard to see because pigeons roost in protected spaces and the babies stay in the…moreSo funny you ask this now--I ALMOST sorta did recently. They are very hard to see because pigeons roost in protected spaces and the babies stay in the nest for 2 months! I’m sure you know these fun facts and that’s why you asked.
But here’s the thing--there’s a morning dove nest right outside my back door this year. My neighbor says the mother has nested in his backyard for YEARS and this year it chose a huge huge bush on our property line. I noticed that a morning dove was nearly beheading me anytime I went outside, and then sitting on the fence, likely threatening me with her various noises. The nest was just high enough that I couldn’t see the little ones. So that’s as close as I’ve gotten!(less)
Evan Roskos I’m always working on projects. Which is a boring answer for it’s best not to talk about specifics except to say the following: one project is about…moreI’m always working on projects. Which is a boring answer for it’s best not to talk about specifics except to say the following: one project is about cartoons and suicide. Another is about music and mental health and siblings. And another is about what people do when they think they’ve totally ruined their lives but actually have to keep on living.(less)
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The Ballad of Peckham Rye
The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark

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Not as intense as THE DRIVER’S SEAT (which is the book that’s caused me to read more Muriel Spark), THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE has comedic moments and essentially shows how a suspicious character who may or may not be the devil causes chaos amongst the various relationships of the people he meets. Unlike other novels that rely on... Read more of this blog post »
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“When I hug trees, the bark marks my cheek and reminds me I'm alive. Or that my nervous system is still intact. The trees breathe all the time and no one really notices. They take in all the air we choke on. They live and die in silence. So I hug them. Someone should.”
Evan Roskos, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

“I answer that I cannot answer.”
Evan Roskos, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

“I'm probably projecting. I'm a projector. For example: The world is not terrible. I just keep thinking it is.”
Evan Roskos, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

“American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.”
Don DeLillo

“The greater the scientific advance, the more primitive the fear.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

“California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

“The power of the dead is that we think they see us all the time. The dead have a presence. Is there a level of energy composed solely of the dead? They are also in the ground, of course, asleep and crumbling. Perhaps we are what they dream.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise
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“There are dead stars that still shine because their light is trapped in time. Where do I stand in this light, which does not strictly exist?”
Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis
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Alixandra Gould i've been reading that book for 4 years! i've never gotten out of it. it's the only constant in my life.


Alixandra Gould one's worth is clearly based on the amount of books one claims to have read, regardless of title, genre, or quality.


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Evan chaos? it's beautiful!


Alixandra Gould step away from the bookshelf evan! what happened to my rule of only recently-reads?! otherwise it's just plain chaos.


Alixandra Gould yes and yes.


Alixandra Gould muahaha! sucker. do you prefer the term "free baser" or "crack head"?


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