Dumpster fires. Demon Spawn. Murder hornets. And of course a global pandemic. 2020 has been a year. We asked poets, fiction writers and essayists to write about 2020. This e-book is the result — a collection of hilarious, harrowing, and heartbreaking writings. Will it answer all your questions? Probably not. But it will, at the very least, help you process the madness of 2020.
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Published November 11, 2020
Published September 20, 2017
Prepare yourself: this sparkling short story collection will have you thinking, cringing and laughing out loud. Gordon Haber’s nonfiction has earned him a significant following (and a few enemies). Uggs for Gaza (and Other Stories) , his debut short story collection, continues that tradition of wit, scathing honesty and dark humor. Here are eight powerful stories about young (and not-so-young) men grappling with the two great questions of adult life: love and money. In the title story, a guy lies about sending Australian boots to Palestinians — and ends up following through with it. In “R&R,” a Jewish infantryman in the Korean War fights for survival and self-respect. In “False Economies,” an American navigates the economic realities of Thatcher’s London. Uggs for Gaza (and Other Stories) is the debut short story collection of a considerable new talent. Haber’s stories will surprise you with their unique mixture of comedy and candor.
Marriage, moving and motherhood: the three hardest transitions you’ll ever make. In this witty collection of short essays, award-winning filmmaker and playwright Brooke Berman writes about: • Bicoastal living! • Her cranky husband! • Her foul-mouthed toddler! • Making mommy friends! • Dressing like a grown-up! • And more! He Didn’t Fucking Learn It from Me is an honest look at the joys and strains of parenting, family and the writing life — and how to survive and thrive.
Shout. Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Sowing the Seeds of Love. You already know that the hugely catchy and emotionally resonant hits of Tears for Fears made it one of the strongest and most interesting bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s. But you may not know that most of their work is based on the theories of Arthur Janov, a charismatic L.A. psychologist. In Shout to Change, Dan Friedman explains the fascinating underpinnings of Tears for Fears songs. This brief, fascinating e-book will have you looking at Tears for Fears with new eyes — and listening with new ears.
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What do Siggy the Viking, a celebrity chef and a Blue Man have in common? Believe it or not, theatre school. 1995: Young arts journalist Todd London is blown away by the talent-packed graduating class of Harvard's ART. London writes about their first difficult year as professional actors in New York City. 2015: London finds out what became of these exceptional artists. Who’s still acting? Who quit the business? And what does “making it” even mean? Todd London's first e-book, 15 Actors, 20 Years is the fascinating professional biography of a gifted group — and a meditation on what it means to be an American theatre artist. Foreword by Robert Brustein.
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Family, health, work. What would you do if everything fell apart — at the same time? Within the span of one year, Bryan VanDyke lost his job to downsizing, his health to diabetes and was terrified by the sudden illness of his young son. How do you recover back from all that? Is recovery even possible? Bryan VanDyke chronicles the worst year of his life with wit and insight.
Hannah has delusions of grandeur, Liam delusions of adequacy. When they get together, sparks fly, as well as all kinds of bodily fluids. In this dark, sexy and wickedly funny novella, Amber Benson really lets it rip.
Jason Antoon’s modern fables are like the classic ones except funnier and nobody learns anything. Grown-ups will love these weird and wonderful tales of pickpockets, putzes and philandering politicians. “Jason Antoon is funny as hell.” — Topher Grace “His one-of-a-kind view of human behavior makes the rest of us writers cringe with envy. Damn his eyes.” — Kevin Pollak
Includes 22 non-crappy songs! Los Angeles has a new private investigator. A failed songwriter looking to put 10,000 crappy songs behind him. But solving his cases will take a little luck, a lot of donuts and his old Gibson. Acclaimed songwriter Dan Bern’s second novel is a fun twist on LA noir. “10,000 Crappy Songs is a deadpan masterpiece. Seriously, folks: I read this book in one sitting and laughed for a week.” — Steve Almond
Amy Park’s visual art has long reflected a deep interest in architecture. This collection of 36 ink drawings is her own idiosyncratic survey of the highlights of Modernism. It’s a fresh, spontaneous approach that will help you see Modernism with new eyes.
Frade is a famous writer. Ellen is desperate to land a Great Man. Alan hates Frade and wants Ellen to get her act together. A dark, funny story about the corrosive effects of other people’s success.
Professor Walter Munch, a cranky widower, wants to live out his remaining days in peace. But his middle-aged daughter has returned with her ludicrously diffident boyfriend, and they won’t stop having loud sex. A disturbing, funny, penetrating story from the author of “We Came All This Way: A Novel.”
A fixture in postwar Paris, M. Blanc left behind only these letters, literary shadows thrown by the greatest writer who never wrote. New fiction from acclaimed writer and editor Dan Friedman.
Richard Schofield is a British photographer of startling sensitivity. Frustrated by the growing obsession with expensive technology, Schofield began experimenting with an early camera phone, the “technically lamentable” Nokia E61i. The result is Nokumentary™ — street photography of uncommon immediacy and honesty.
Bernadette used to love Colin. And now Colin wonders why he ever let her go. Imagine Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” with a sense of humor, and a diminutive Australian named Boris.
David Samuel Levinson
Leslie is the only African-American kid in the school, Dustin the only Jewish kid. When their teacher reveals her own bigotry, Dustin's parents attempts attempt to rectify the situation, but in their blind vanity, they end up making the situation worse — much worse. The first e-book from acclaimed author Joshua Furst, "Around and About Leslie" is a harrowing, darkly humorous story of prejudice and passivity.
For many writers, the first draft is the hardest part. This book makes the process a lot less painful and maybe even kind of fun. It doesn’t matter if you write fiction, plays or screenplays: Brooke Berman’s 9-week program will take you from the blank page to an actual, workable, wonderful first draft.