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Hi, I'm Jami Attenberg. I write books, and much, much more. My fourth book, The Middlesteins, came out in 2012. You can order it here or here. My fifth book, Saint Mazie, will be published in June 2015.

Also I like dogs and fighting crime.

This is the fifth place to find me on the internet. Please don't tell me I need a sixth.

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NYC has a loud heartbeat.

Walking into the city.

did that thing where you print out everything you’ve been working on for the past few months and then you want to cry because it’s not that much and then all your friends tell you to chill the fuck out.

If I wait long enough I can run into every single guy I slept with during the early 00s in a cafe in Williamsburg.


Very excited to be heading to New York City for the debut my new full length graphic novel from Uncivilized Books, Eel Mansions. As you undoubtedly know, NYC is the nation’s most expensive city, so I’m goin’ through my archives and offering up an array of drawings, sketches, and the like to ease the travel expenses and get some art into yer ever lovin’ paws.

I’ll be updating these all week, so keep checking in over here.

It is nearly time to start thinking about holiday gifts.


Gone Girl, MO

Gone Girl, a piece of sophisticated trash by Gillian Flynn that’s been turned into even more sophisticated trash by David Fincher, is a work of marital art that is also, kind of, just a really violent Preston Sturges film. The book contains sentences like ‘Ever since I’ve been…

On bad dreams, bad people, bridges, and Missouri. I found this thrilling.



this sweater, according to the tag, is from Laura Tyler. i wouldn’t know because i didn’t buy it. it was given to me by one of my fellow camp counselors after i had worn it for the entire run of camp and showed no signs of giving it back. at that point it was already missing its bottom hem and…

I got on the elevator with my neighbor Rob and he asked how it was going and I said, “Well I just took a long nap. Like, really long.” I talked about how I had intended on getting things done but instead the nap happened. And then we talked about the weather for a while and how yesterday was shorts weather and today he still saw people wearing shorts even though it is very much not shorts weather anymore (Americans and their shorts) and how it just kind of knocks you on your ass when the weather changes like this. My dog licked his bicycle. Gross. I sighed and tugged his leash. “Still, my nap was too long,” I said. “I wanted to get work done and I didn’t. I just sat down on that couch and it was over.” And he said, “You know it’s OK to do that, right? We’re so trained here in New York to just go go go. But it’s OK to just take a nap.”

This envelope has been sitting unopened on my shelf for a few weeks. Jim gave it to me when I saw him, along with a box of fancy pencils. I’m sure it says something nice inside and I’m basically saving opening it for when I am gloomy some day and need something to perk me up. I do this whenever someone sends/gives me a personal note, inscribes a book, etc because it doesn’t happen that often and I totally love it when it does. The slightest written gesture melts me. They are my lifesavers in reserve. Am I the only one who does this?


I used to answer all my emails before I wrote. Now that my books are being published in other countries, the emails have multiplied. So now if I answer my emails first, I’ll be emailing for six hours at least. Just in the last month or so, I’ve decided to write first. All of the emails are about my books, and I feel like the people emailing want me to continue writing. Someone told me Stephen King does this, actually. It’s been amazing.
The Rumpus Interview With Rainbow Rowell