About Ian MacAllen

Ian MacAllen is the founder of English Kills Review and Assistant Interviews Editor at The Rumpus. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Billfold, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog and io9. His internet performance art projects East Williamsburg Secession Movement and Toilets of New York have received international print and digital coverage. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He Tweets @ianmacallen.

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Jami Attenberg Reads The Middlesteins

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 | 2,305 views

The internet had generated so much buzz over Jami Attenberg’s newest novel, The Middlesteins, that when I suggested to a friend we should meet up there to hear her read, he scoffed that the place would be overrun and too crowded. But I still wanted to go, not just because of the internet chatter but […]

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Christopher Bollen and Jobie Hughes reads Barnes and Noble

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | 2,259 views

The Upper West Side Barnes and Noble is a bit more intimate — if a chain bookstore can ever be intimate — than its sister in Union Square and the evening’s event featured two authors promised as emerging writers, a program that two decades ago, superstar Sherman Alexie was once part of. Christopher Bollen was […]

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Luis Jaramillo and Katie Kitamura Read Pete’s Candy Store

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Friday, October 19th, 2012 | 2,422 views

This week at Pete’s, the readers both had books on their way out. Luis Jaramillo kicked off the evening. His new story collection, The Doctor’s Wife, was either released on Wednesday, or according to Amazon, next month. The collection is, as Jaramillo explains, really a series of interconnected stories. And they are short. He read […]

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Sherman Alexie Reads Barnes and Noble

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 | 2,237 views

I had long heard that Sherman Alexie provided entertaining performances, and having been a reader of his books for well more than a decade, decided to brave the Union Square Barnes and Noble performance space. As far as readings go, there are better venues than Barnes and Noble. Its massive open space and rows and […]

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On Reading Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | 1,656 views

I began reading Diaz’s new book only to think, “haven’t I read this already.” And then it occurred to me, that really, I’ve read this book twice already. His short story collection, Drown, is more or less a rough draft for the narrative of his critically acclaimed, award winning The Brief and Wondrous Life of […]

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Monica Youn and Stephen Burt at Singularity & Co.

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 | 1,468 views

Monica Youn is the kind of poet that turns up everywhere. Or she simply has a very memorable name. It probably helps that is also located in New York. Youn read poems from her book Ignatz, a comic strip about a cat that probably has more fame now that she wrote a book about it. […]

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On Reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 | 1,464 views

I accidentally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower a week before the theatrical release last Friday. A friend had recommended it, somewhat out of thin air, and not wanting to disappoint, dutifully read it within a week. I knew quickly why he connected to the text as the young characters explore their homosexuality and […]

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Justin Torres reads Pete’s Candy Store

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 | 1,469 views

The regular reading series at Pete’s Candy Store opened with Justin Torres who has been making the rounds (he read at NYU two days earlier and elsewhere, I’m sure). The reading tour coincides with the release of Torres’s debut novel, We the Animals. Given that the book had literally just been release, I took the […]

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