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PHIL’S TEN COMMANDMENTS OF WRITING (AFTER HENRY MILLER)

1. Work on one novel at a time until finished, while also writing the occasional poem, short story, article, and weekly blog post. 2. Start on your next novel only when you feel you’re done with your last novel, and … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR, 2016

For the first time in 108 years, my old hometown baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, won the World Series.                   The rest of 2016 can go fuck itself. —Philip Athans

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SEPARATING THE AUTHOR AND THE WORK, THE ARTIST AND THE ART

Bill Cosby, rapist Michael Jackson, child molester H.P. Lovecraft, racist You know I don’t watch the TV news, so I’m happy to report that I have done no wallowing in the sick spectacle that has become of the once venerated … Continue reading

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MAKING A LONG STORY SHORT

I’m often asked how long a novel should be and I always try to weasel out of answering by saying something like: “It should be as long as it needs to be.” I’m trying to avoid saying what I personally … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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