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Joe Fassler
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"I felt infinite wonder, infinite pity."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist discusses what he learned about empathy from Borges’s "The Aleph."
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My boys won’t eat.           The youngest doesn’t swallow as much as smear and fling. As though he thinks food’s taken through the skin. I blend hi...
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Issue No. 127 EDITOR’S NOTE “Night Music” is a story about a dentist, so run through your attendant associations quickly to get them out of the way. Your Steve Martin jokes and your Seinfeld...
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A crisis of quality in literary criticism led Robert Silvers to found The New York Review of Books—and he believes the crisis continues today, online.
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The Wilco singer says Daniel Johnston epitomizes his mostly instinctual creative process.
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The Lengthening of Time. Joe Fassler is the winner of Creative Nonfiction's $1000 prize for best essay in the Waiting issue. His essay, "Wait Times," chosen by the magazine's editors from more than 650 submissions, describes a harrowing trip to the emergency room with his wife, Rachel.
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The writer draws inspiration from Art Spiegelman's Breakdowns, "a toolkit to think about humor using comics."
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American Interior author and rock musician Gruff Rhys learned a lot by following in footsteps of a gullible pioneer.
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According to science fiction writer William Gibson, a book's opening should be an inviting enigma to the reader—and a motivational benchmark for the writer.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley looks to Our Mutual Friend for inspiration on how to harness the spontaneous, liberating energy that comes from writing imagery.
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The Cloud Atlas author keeps a James Wright poem as a reminder to live in the now.
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Introduction
Writer, journalist, and teacher living in Iowa City. 
Education
  • University of Iowa
    MFA in Fiction, 2009 - 2011
  • Cornell University
    BA in English, 2002 - 2006
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  • University of Iowa
    Assistant Professor, present
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