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Storytelling with Dungeons and Dragons

Storytelling with Dungeons and Dragons

By Nick Chhoeun Dungeons and Dragons was created in the 1970s and I’ve always been familiar with the name but I have never given much thought to playing it. It sounded tedious and boring. I thought it was an outdated dice rolling game. However, in […]

Thank You, Stan Lee

Thank You, Stan Lee

By Nick Chhoeun There is one thing people can talk about across generations: superheroes. From Spiderman to—my favorite—Wolverine these superheroes inspire and amuse the minds of the young and old alike. Stan Lee, the creative leader/writer of Marvel comics, is the man behind these superheroes. […]

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

By Emily Moses   Leslie Pietrzyk, AU MFA alumna and local literary guru, agreed to meet with me to discuss her new novel, Silver Girl, out last month by Unnamed Press. Over a plate of charcuterie and a few glasses of wine, we talked about […]

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

By Nick Chhoeun Kafka on the Shore the fourth Haruki Murakami I’ve recently completed and it’s the second book post I’ve written about Murakami for Café. The first time I ever read one of Murakami’s books, I was hooked on his ability to include so many scenes, […]

The Spine-In Trend

The Spine-In Trend

By Nick Chhoeun I was at the high school where I work and I saw that one of the English teachers arranged her personal books differently. They weren’t arranged by genre or by the author. They were arranged with the book pages facing outward. When […]

Punning Genius

Punning Genius

By Vince Granata “Hi Vince, all fine here. Are there many first person singular object pronouns, or is it just me…” My father puns with abandon. Whether via text message—like the above, sent last weekend—or in person, the frequency of his wordplay borders on self-parody, […]

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

By Michael Conner Victor LaValle Skyped with Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction workshop last week to share thoughts on his novella, The Ballad of Black Tom. Ever since he was a kid, the likes of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Shirley Jackson filled LaValle’s reading library with tales […]

On Logic the Rapper

On Logic the Rapper

By Nick Chhoeun   Rapper Logic has been in the spotlight recently for his song 1-800-273-8255, which addresses mental health. He says that this song is  “the most important song I ever wrote.” The song name is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, […]

On Chance the Rapper

On Chance the Rapper

By Nick Chhoeun “Oh no, you’re into that crap, too?” a woman on campus said to me. I was sitting on a bench next to her wearing my Chance the Rapper hat with the word “Coloring Book” on it. She told me her kids listened […]

Ding Ding Ding!: Rejection Parties

Ding Ding Ding!: Rejection Parties

When I was fifteen, I was pretty sure I would be the next great horror writer. I wrote my first short story and boy-oh-boy did my teenage brain think that it was the best: An abused woman vomits up her heart, cooks it, feeds it […]