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"Rebecca Makkai is the author of the short story collection MUSIC FOR WARITIME (Viking, 2015) and the novels THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE and THE BORROWER. Her short stories have appeared in four consecutive issues of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES (2008-2011). She lives in Chicago and Vermont." ...more

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I haven't posted anything here in a very long time, but for the interested: I've done about twenty blog posts over the past year for the literary magazine Ploughshares, on topics ranging from Roald Dahl to literary drinking games to things that tick writers off.

The lot of them are here:
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“I might be the villain of this story.”
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“But when someone’s gone and you’re the primary keeper of his memory—letting go would be a kind of murder, wouldn’t it? I had so much love for him, even if it was a complicated love, and where is all that love supposed to go? He was gone, so it couldn’t change, it couldn’t turn to indifference. I was stuck with all that love.”
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