Last edits on your novel? Record an audio-draft

An audio-draft is essentially a scratch audiobook. An audio-draft does not require professional recording kit or access to acting talent. You can (and absolutely should) narrate it yourself, and it can be more or less entirely recorded and edited with the memo app that ships with the average smartphone. So why should you do it? […]

52 Stories #7 – The Idiot President by By Daniel Alarcón

The Idiot President was published in The New Yorker in October 2008. Set in a recently war-ravaged South American nation, the story describes the two months a recent theatre school graduate spends with a traveling radical theatre group named Diciembre. After last time’s incident-packed short story, this one can be summed up really in a […]

52 Stories #4 – Sea Oak by George Saunders

This week, Sea Oak by George Saunders. You can find it in the collection Pastoralia or online at The Barcelona Review. They summoned me along with thirty or so other managers the day before the axe fell. At the head of the room stood a representative for the security department in a jolly primary coloured […]

The Human Claim by Ali Smith

This week in 52 Stories: #1The Human Claim by Ali Smith.

Some years ago I worked for a large US company in Silicon Valley. Eventually, I moved away from the sun and from America, but I kept the job for a year while I put myself through some more school. Every six weeks or so, I stuffed some clothes and a laptop into a backpack and flew out to San Francisco to work at the office for a couple of weeks. […]