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"In that season when we pause, take a breath, remember those long-ago holidays (and those lost times, friends, and places), and get ready for what the New Year may bring — what better time to take stock and ask ourselves the big question: How should I live, so as to do my best here, and leave easily? Ho, ho, ho indeed."
—George Saunders, author of Tenth of December, on what he’s giving this holiday season
"After that, it was all glow-in-the-dark beach balls flying, everybody in pajamas, drinks in hand. It was beautiful to watch the crowd, rapt, listening to stories. Whoever says book tours are dead hasn’t been to this kind of a book event." —Monica Drake, on her Glam-Jam tour with Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain
Authors signing copies of The Best of McSweeney’s for Indiespensable in the McSweeney’s office. (More authors are signing here in Portland!) We’re thrilled to have chosen it as our Indiespensable Volume 44.
“There’s no method. There’s no formula. If you really proceed a sentence at a time, if you pay attention to the sentence you just wrote and look to it for the clue for what to do to the next sentence, you can inch your way along to what may be a story. This wouldn’t have occurred to me starting out, for example, when I thought you wrote one sentence, then just looked out to the world trying to snag the next one. That’s not how it works. You look back at what you gave yourself to work with. Sharon Olds said something beautiful about sometimes thinking of her poems as instructions for how to put the world back together if it were destroyed.” —Amy Hempel on Sharon Olds, who was born November 19, 1942.
In a special new series, we’ve asked writers to share a book they’re gifting this holiday season. Check back daily to see what your favorite authors are giving. First up: Chuck Palahniuk!
“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” ― Doris Lessing (1919-2013)
Daniel Alarcon made us a playlist. Listen here.