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Book critic for TNR, New Yorker, etc. Author of A Thousand Darknesses. At work on Shirley Jackson bio. Purveyor of kitten pics. See also: @josephbraude.

Here’s the first page of an early draft of Shirley...

Warner Books, 1982. Subtle but...

Can You Write a Novel on Twitter?

foreignpolicy.com — The Twitter feed of American novelist Elliott Holt usually includes remarks on what she's reading, retweets of friends' book news, and occasional political commentary. But one night a mystery unfolded there. As Holt's followers watched, she retweeted the feeds of three guests at a swanky party in SoHo.

Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’

nytimes.com — When Elie Wiesel approached the ­author François Mauriac in the 1950s with a draft of the memoir that would become "Night," Mauriac was skeptical - not of the book's quality, but of its necessity.

We have always lived in the castle...

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — buchverliebt: We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson"I can't help it when people are frightened," says Merricat. "I always want to frighten them more." Gorgeous images.

A.M. Homes on Shirley Jackson

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — thepenguinclassics: Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 winner A.M. Homes introduces one of her favourite authors - Shirley Jackson. I want to introduce you to the work of Shirley Jackson, whose novels and short stories transformed my life as both a reader and writer. The story you have before you, Lovely words from A.M.

New Collection of Shirley Jackson Works to Be Published

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — "Random House said on Monday that it had acquired a new collection of works by Ms. Jackson, the National Book Award-nominated author of "The Haunting of Hill House," compiled primarily from her papers at the Library of Congress.

colleentigheillustration: I did some...

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — colleentigheillustration: I did some illustrations for one of my favorite novels We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson. These were so much FUN wanna draw a million fire people now. These images are gorgeous! Love them.

Spring in Prospect Park.

“She would rest her bare bronze arms easily at her...

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — "She would rest her bare bronze arms easily at her side, open her well-rouged lips until you could see all of the big white teeth, half close her eyes, and start to sway.... Then she would learn forward and let her big full voice roll out over the house....
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Feb 28, 2015

"With a book, as with a fine day, one likes it to end with a glorious sunset." Darwin to Huxley, 1863

Feb 27, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: Nothing wrong w/ llamas and dresses. But they are the indulgence of a country where opposition leaders aren't gunned down in the streets.

Feb 27, 2015

@NYTFridge @THR @VICE Not sure whether I love or hate "Broadly" as the name for this.

Feb 27, 2015

@se4realhinton @judyblume there are some novel fragments, but alas they're incomplete. but this is coming out soon: randomhouse.com/book/247270/le…

Feb 26, 2015

My life is complete now that @judyblume has retweeted me.

Feb 26, 2015

RT @haszombiesinit: sometimes I ask myself What Would Thelma and Louise Do, but we all know the answer to that

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