Trick Quotient

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Are you afraid of small, independent publishers? Would you like to support them but can’t afford to toss $15-$20 into the black hole of a possibly bad book? I don’t blame you. Blurbs are meaningless, reviews largely a crock. The safer bet is almost always the big publishers. They get on a formulaic run, andMore

Rejection Notes #7: Cormac McCarthy

Rejection Notes #7: Cormac McCarthy

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I can’t get past the gratuitous use of product placement in the manuscript. For example, in chapter six the narrator is warming up a Tombstone pizza, even though the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. More

BULLshot: Matt Fogarty

BULLshot: Matt Fogarty

One-Question Interview by

The author of “Moonman Stories” on form in fictionMore

tumBULLr Tuesday

tumBULLr Tuesday

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The week in all things man and word: Questionable reflective decorating and the Queen of the OrangesMore

Moonman Stories

Moonman Stories

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“Because it’s winter and the pond is frozen like glass and there’s the hard press of atmosphere and the air turns white with snow falling through the orbit of his faraway home.More

Gassed

Gassed

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Prior to last week, my only experience with tear gas occurred when I was in high school. Last week, the E.R.T. extracted a man from his cell on I-2More

What We’re Reading: August

What We’re Reading: August

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This month’s picks from the BULL staff—DFW, a sex-obsessed pill-popper, the inspiring urge to fish/get laid, & an unfortunate encounter with Dean KoontzMore

BULLshot: Richard Lange

BULLshot: Richard Lange

One-Question Interview by

The author of “Apocrypha” talks about his life as it relates to securityMore

tumBULLr Tuesday

tumBULLr Tuesday

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The week in all things man and word: Unfortunate consequences of facial hair, rally car safety, and more Arrested Development funMore

Apocrypha

Apocrypha

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“A couple of grown-up crack babies, crazy as hell. The third one has an air about him like he doesn’t belong down here, like he ought to be pulling that suitcase through an airport in Vegas or MiamiMore

Shifting Ground, Falling Floor

Shifting Ground, Falling Floor

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“Though I would be loathe to admit it, part of the joy of reading for me is knowing things are already decided. Nothing dangerous or unexpected—as opposed to reality—is going to happenMore

Crook Necked

Crook Necked

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“You can’t spit it in there,” Little Tika said. “You got to spit in the compost. Mr. Zach don’t waste.” I had taught her wellMore

BULLshot: Kaj Tanaka

BULLshot: Kaj Tanaka

One-Question Interview by

“That’s all respect is here: maintaining the illusion of powerMore

Respect

Respect

Fiction by

“Everyone was watching, at that point. I was watching too. I should have intervened, because animals on the playground—dogs, cats, snakes, even raccoons sometimes—it happens a lot.More

Not a Kangaroo Anywhere

Not a Kangaroo Anywhere

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Prisons make for great bird sanctuaries. There are so many bars over the windows, and corners of the windows, that no one is going to clean out the nests.More

BULLshot: Darrin Doyle

BULLshot: Darrin Doyle

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The author of “Head” on what inspired his storyMore

“The car had been through a reconstructed transmission, a busted carburetor, and was an absolute lush for Valvoline.” – Jordan Farmer, “Brothers”