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Aaron Hamburger is the author of the novel Nirvana Is Here, a story collection titled The View From Stalin's Head, which was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and nominated for a Violet Quill Award, and a novel titled Faith For Beginners, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, Tin House, Michigan Quarterly Review, Subtropics, Crazyhorse, Boulevard, Poets and Writers, Tablet, Out, Nerve, Time Out, Details, and The Forward. In addition, he has also won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for
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Aaron Hamburger I teach a class called "Breaking Through Writer's Block," and one of the central tenets is that there's no such thing really. There are times when we'…moreI teach a class called "Breaking Through Writer's Block," and one of the central tenets is that there's no such thing really. There are times when we're unable to write and times when we choose not to write. Sometimes it's because something's happening in our lives over which we have no control, and the choice not to write is a valid one. At other times, there are emotional reasons we don't write. Usually it's the fear of writing something bad. In that case, my solution is to write as badly as I can. It takes faith and courage, but I force myself. And then usually afterward, I look at what I've done and it isn't quite as awful as I'd imagined it would be before I started. And of course if all else fails, READ. No better source for inspiration.(less)
Aaron Hamburger So many rewarding things about being a writer. First, when you read something wonderful, you have an entirely different appreciation of how it's put t…moreSo many rewarding things about being a writer. First, when you read something wonderful, you have an entirely different appreciation of how it's put together because you've been there, with a blank page that you've had to fill with words, so you understand the labor that goes into it. Next, very often when I'm writing about something, I find out what I really think about it through the process of clarifying my thoughts on the page. Writing about something almost ensures that you will learn something about the world and about yourself. Also, when you're a writer, it gives you this wonderful excuse to ask people questions about things they know a lot about. People are so generous. If you're writing a book about a given topic, you can meet all kinds of fascinating people who know more about it than you do and they can share their lives with you. I've met the most amazing people this way.(less)
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Nirvana Is Here on the BBC

BBC Radio 4 is airing a documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and I was thrilled to be interviewed for it, talking about my memories of Nirvana and the novel Nirvana Is Here! 
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