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fictions present

Current Thread editor: Birger Vanwesenbeeck. Thread editor from 2009-2015: Kiki Benzon. Thread editor from 2006-09: Stephen Burn.

Everything that happens, happens now. The essays, narratives, and essay-narratives gathered under the thread title, Fictions Present, reaffirm the 'presentist' bias in electronic publishing and in ebr particularly: our non-periodical, continuous publication is designed to keep the archive current and to present critical writing not as an afterthought, but as an integral element in the creation of literary fictions.

Welcome to Baltimore


Picking up Lance Olsen’s theme of thinking as digestion, Michael Martone chews on what’s Avant Garde about Baltimore.

No Victims, the anti-theme


Cris Mazza sends in her introduction to the follow-up volume of Chick-Lit, No Victims.

Notes from the Middleground: On Ben Marcus, Jonathan Franzen, and the Contemporary Fiction Combine


Davis Schneiderman revisits the non-debate between Jonathan Franzen and Ben Marcus, touches on recent flare-ups in the American Book Review and the NOW WHAT blog, and reflects on the economy of book jacket blurbs.

And Furthermore...


Joseph Tabbi Responds to R. M. Berry

And Furthermore...


R M Berry Replies to Joseph Tabbi

Blank Frank


This review of Ralph Berry’s novel Frank and the subsequent exchange between the authors, appeared in the March/April 2006 and July/August 2006 issues of The American Book Review.

Form and Emotion


Author Lucy Corin opposes the emotionalism of genre fiction to the deeply emotional formalism in the fiction of Harold Jaffe, Patricia Eakins, and Janet Kauffman.



Rone Shavers argues that making readers aware of subjugation - the strategy of Harold Jaffe’s False Positive - exposes little and hardly changes our relation to power.

The Avant-Garde and the Question of Literature


Ralph Berry on Avant-Garde fiction and the future of the page.