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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. His debut novel is Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets.

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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 great leap forward. Some people prefer The Bends; some OK Computer; some Kid A. But why the need to choose? “In an interstellar blaaaast, I am back to save the universe.” Are we meant to take this as a jubilant expression or one of cynicism? In fact, this album’s overall mood shifts between both and is not the gloomy, sour rock album it’s been portrayed as (though Yorke and the documentary... Read more of this blog post »
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“Only a catastrophe gets our attention. We want them, we depend on them. As long as they happen somewhere else. This is where California comes in. Mud slides, brush fires, coastal erosion, mass killings, et cetera. We can relax and enjoy these disasters because in our hearts we feel that California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”
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“Novelists would do well to remember that when the works of the scholar-historians create doubt in the researcher’s mind, the researcher then turns to literature as a primary source for confirmation or correction. If the truth of a time, a people, a state is not available anywhere else, let it be in the novel. - from Twayne’s US Authors Series: JOHN A WILLIAMS by Gilbert Muller”
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A bit too on the nose by the end for my taste. I like Aira’s explorations but this one felt less fun than THE CONVERSATION or THE LITERARY CONFERENCE. Metafiction can quickly become predictable once you know it’s an option for an author, and maybe th ...more
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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.”
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“I answer that I cannot answer.”
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“I'm probably projecting. I'm a projector. For example: The world is not terrible. I just keep thinking it is.”
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“American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous.”
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“The greater the scientific advance, the more primitive the fear.”
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“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.”
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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?”
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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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