• A live reading of "Jonnie" on KTSW 89.9 Other Side Drive Every time I think back to that shadowy winter day, I squirm in my seat and make strange, guttural noises. You know, those involuntary sounds of regret - groans and grunts - that are typically accompanied by a face-palm and mumbling, "Why did I say/do that?" I said I'd never relive that day, that an entire army couldn't force me to listen to my own voice on the air. I said, if ever I'm faced with such terror, I'd resist the temptation to click play. Alas, such a feat in self-restraint is beyond my power. A recording of the Persona interview has surfaced and now wafts through the deepest corners of the internet like a ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2014, 2:15 PM by Tiffany Rainey
  • Neil Gaiman, get out of my head! Certain language-related themes seem to be calling out to me lately. I think on them even when I try not think on them. For the past couple of years, they've been popping up in my fiction, in critical essays, and in random conversations.I'm no space cowgirl, but I think I may have a mental link with Neil Gaiman. How else could he somehow manage to touch on all of these themes - escapism, child literacy, narrative empathy, and more - in a single lecture he recently gave for The Reading Agency? Mr. Gaiman makes my every point, only more pointedly. So, without further ado, go here and read this most important lecture. 
    Posted Oct 16, 2013, 6:52 PM by Tiffany Rainey
  • Paper Wings A fairy tale, by Kate Berheimer's definition, is flat of character, abstract, follows intuitive logic, and has an element of normalized magic. Having never before written anything that fit this definition, I took the fairy tale challenge in the wee hours one morning last winter. The following is a slight revision of that story. "There once was a young lady named Millie who lived all alone in a little house in a little town at the foot of a mountain. Like everyone else in the little town, Millie did the same things at the same time, every single day. Every morning, she braided her long black hair. She then slipped into her old boots and went out to feed ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2013, 5:38 PM by Tiffany Rainey
  • Liar Liar, Pants on Fire! Have you ever wondered why some people tell senseless, trivial lies that don't seem to be motivated by any tangible gain? For instance, Billy and Bobby have just returned from Las Vegas. Billy says he won first place and five thousand dollars in a poker tournament. But Bobby already told you that Billy was the third-to-last player to lose his seat. You might think nothing of it, as you have to come expect a tall tale or three from your friend. Or you might sympathize with Billy, blame it on a compulsion beyond his control. Or you might roll your eyes and whisper to Bobby, "Damn. You can't trust anything that guy says." You may not ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2013, 2:56 PM by Tiffany Rainey
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