• Allison Zimmer

    A Gate at the Stairs

    lorrie moore and the post 9/11 novel

    March 6, 2010
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    A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore’s latest book, is a novel that encapsulates—in its plot, its aesthetics and even its reception—what it means to write fiction after September 11. Since that infamous day, much alarm has been raised regarding the state of fiction: Is it still possible to write a novel? Can fiction capture […]

    Early Breakthrough

    the perks of being a young adult author

    November 18, 2009
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    When Hannah Moskowitz ’13 eats pizza at the Gate, she brings her laptop, her headphones, and the phone number of her agent, Brendan Deneen of the New York City literary agency FinePrint. When she sits down on one of the plushy couches in the Gate’s dining area—one of her favorite places on campus to write, […]

    Cover Magic

    the old cape magic spells charm

    November 4, 2009
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    It’s easy to judge a book by its cover; or, rather, it’s difficult not to. There are certain aesthetic rules that guide me when choosing books to read—not without exception of course, but operating as loose patterns of consumption. You will probably never see me reading a mass-market paperback with chunky embossed lettering.  Likewise, any […]

    Hysterical realism, Morning Mail

    Stuff Brown Students Like

    October 16, 2009
    article by Allison Zimmer

    Hysterical Realism: Brown students like to show off how much they know. Hence, the popularity of trivia nights, Janus forum lectures, and double and triple concentrations—you read that article in the BDH, right? So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that some of our favorite novelists—Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Thomas Pynchon—fall under […]

    Hot on the Press


    September 24, 2009
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    This fall season will find the New Release table at your neighborhood bookstore (or large and impersonal mega-chain, as the case may be) light on fictional material. In an effort to boost sales, it seems publishing companies are trying to reach out to the politician, economist, and general nonfiction enthusiast inside us all. Herewith, some […]