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Above Us Only Sky, Marion Winik

"Full of surprises, revelations, wild, wise connctions." -Naomi Shihab Nye

11/25/2022: Under circumstances I explain in this month's column, I wrote and submitted a short story that was pooh-poohed by lit journals from Baltimore to London. Fortunately, I have this sweet little space in the Baltimore Fishbowl, where it now sees the light of day, along with the backstory and some illustrations. 

11/25/2022: The Baltimore Fishbowl staff collaborated on a piece giving thanks for our dear city

11/25/2022: What to read? I can help. On The Weekly Reader podcast I recommend a pair of books a week. Recently: Rabia Chaudry and Ayad Akhtar, Julia Glass and Bruce Holsinger, Barbara Kingsolver and Jonathan Escoffery. Flip through the website to find literally hundreds of shows, four minutes each. Subscribe with any podcast app.

11/25/2022: Earlier this month, I participated in an interesting Zoom webinar for the National Book Critics Circle, with Walton Muymba, Karen Sanderson, and Brandon McClendon, moderated by J Howard Rosier.  Four critics discuss their approaches to reviewing Margo Jefferson's Constructing a Nervous System. Watch the video here.

10/8/2022: Just got home from twelve days in Vietnam. Read my travel journal, with lots of photos, on Baltimore Fishbowl. 

12/17/20: On LitHub, Six Book Critics Walk Into a Zoom to Talk About Autofiction, A Totally Fictional Story by Marion Winik Featuring a Martin Amis Cameo.

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Browse the Bohemian Rhapsody archive — running since 2011 on Baltimore Fishbowl.

Marion's "Lives" columns for The New York Times Magazine: "Grand Theft Litho" and "A Mother of A Certain Age".

An archive of Marion's commentaries for All Things Considered.

Lots more essays and articles in the links archive and work archive.


The Baltimore Book of the Dead, Marion Winik

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