Hobart regular Kevin Wilson’s novel The Family Fang, everybody. Seriously, y’all have probably read this already so it should come as no surprise to hear the book is going to be a film. Big, big congrats to Kevin!
“The extra sense of control from the ritual leads to calmness, and calm leads to better performance, explains Steinberg. Whether there are any tangible, special properties in the lucky charm is just beside the point for a sports psychologist.”—What’s the power of a good luck charm? - CNN.com
These Burts strike hard. Jason Larson in the newest Dark Sky. Go for The Burts, stay for the rest of what the magazine editors Gabe Durham, Christy Crutchfield, Brian Mihok and Sarah Boyer have put together.
“His pinstriped uniform was baggy, but it somehow suited him perfectly, suggested his entire existence, like the uniforms of the rowers and doctors in the Eakins lithographs that hung in Affenlight’s study. His navy socks were pulled to midcalf. His shoes were dirty white. Before the pitch he stood at ease, glove on his hip, his face round and windburned and open, delivering instructions or encouragement to his teammates with a relaxed smile. But as the ball left the pitcher’s hand his face went blank. The chatter stopped midword. In one motion he yanked his navy cap with it’s harpoon-skewered W toward his eyes and dropped into a feline crouch, thighs parallel to the field, glove brushing the dirt. He looked low to the ground but light on his feet, more afloat than entrenched. The pitch was fouled back, but not before he had taken two full steps to his left, toward the place where he anticipated the ball to be headed. None of the other infielders had moved an inch.”—
Matt Salesses’s novella THE LAST REPATRIATE is being launched by Nouvella Books. Matt is a frequent contributor to Hobart, and we love his work and are proud to have published it! You, yes you, should help launch this great book and great writer.
October 25 is the official release date for Edward Mullany’s amazing collection of poems, If I Falter at the Gallows. All week long we’re going to be doing a roundup of the things people are saying about the book. You can follow that here or at the book’s microsite, …
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 40, Vladimir Nabokov
INTERVIEWER:Clarence Brown of Princeton has pointed out striking similarities in your work. He refers to you as “extremely repetitious” and that in wildly different ways you are in essence saying the same thing. He speaks of fate being the “muse of Nabokov.” Are you consciously aware of “repeating yourself,” or to put it another way, that you strive for a conscious unity to your shelf of books?
NABOKOV:I do not think I have seen Clarence Brown's essay, but he may have something there. Derivative writers seem versatile because they imitate many others, past and present. Artistic originality has only its own self to copy.
“I know three people who have Kindles, and while inmates such as myself are about as likely to gain access to Electronic Book Things as we are to have access to medical marijuana, the impossibility of an occurrence doesn’t mean I don’t waste time wondering whether or not, if given the chance, I would buy one. After studying Robert Coover’s author photograph every time I open his latest novel, Noir, I have decided that my decision to buy an E.B.T. would depend largely on whether the “books” come with author photographs.”—Hobart 10 and 11 contributor, Curtis Dawkins, on BULLblog: The Case for a Kindle: Robert Coover’s Noir