Dark Sky Magazine » February, and Why I Rarely... →
Starting tomorrow, Dark Sky editor and Hobart contributor Brian Carr, will be reviewing a book every weekday for the month of February. Good thing February is our shortest month. But too bad it’s a leap year! This is an interesting project and one to keep your eye on.
HO12 bonus -- Addendum: Notes on the North Country... →
Most businesses serve more than one purpose like selling antiques and natural wood carvings or hardware and pawned goods or ice cream and art, kind of like in the Old West. Another bonus from Hobart 12, while gearing up for Ho13, this time from new Rumpus Essays Editor, Roxane Gay!
Is it possible that Metroid taught me to respect women, to empathize with them,...– HO12 bonus — Metroid: An Appreciation by Mike Meginnis (working on Hobart 13 bonus materials and ended up rereading this Ho12 gem.)
Fiction | The Nervous Breakdown →
Hobart contributor Eugene Cross interviews himself (!) over at The Nervous Breakdown. Topics discussed: cereal, book titles, and his forthcoming collection Fires of Our Choosing, out next month from Dzanc.
How many ways can you say Stay the fuck away from me without speaking?– Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet
CONDALMO.: Barnes and Noble, you're (also) doing... →
condalmo: Why not make these stores the size of a bookstore, instead of the size of a warehouse?
MURK AVENUE: I FOUND ICE CUBES 'GOOD DAY' →
murkavenue: CLUE 1: “went to short dogs house, they was watching Yo MTV RAPS” Yo MTV RAPS first aired: Aug 6th 1988 CLUE 2: Ice Cubes single “today was a good day” released on: Feb 23 1993 CLUE 3: ”The Lakers beat the Super Sonics” Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release…
The Knox Writers' House →
Excellent project over at Knox College full of recordings of writers reading “poems, stories, essays, and interviews of nearly one hundred writers from Chicago to Madison to the Twin Cities to Kalamazoo to St. Louis to Kansas City.” It’s an ambitious and intriguing project. Lots of great writers are in on it, including Hobart’s own Sam Martone, who reads his story...
Quick Fiction is Closing up Shop →
Sad to see Quick Fiction is closing shop. They’ve long been a favorite here at Hobart and we’re disappointed to see them go. They put out 18 amazing issues full of tremendous writing, which you can grab up at discounted prices at their website. Go to it.
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to...– John Updike (via aaknopf) (see: New Yorkers are the worst, pt. 2)
You can tinker and get ready and get schedules ready for spring training all you...– Robin Ventura On Writing (via mightyflynn)
good book design tumblr? (maybe not even “good” ones, but just anything?) other good lit tumblrs? just fave tumblrs in general?
But he did sternly forbid us two exercises: we were not to try under any...– “Point of the Needle,” S. N. Behrman (The New Yorker, June 5, 1954)
HBO (Isn’t) Filming The Corrections at My Parents’... →
Enjoyable essay. But… wait. What’s that? For young(ish) writers, reading Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections has for a long time seemed like a kind of prerequisite to engaging in literary practice: writing, reading, thinking about novels and their future or lack of future, or whatever else. When I was in college, the book seemed a kind of talismanic object, a guidebook, a blueprint to...
I’ve had a breakthrough. I’ll call it “What We Talk About When We Talk About A...– CONDALMO.:
slappy. pappy. wee. weeeeeeeh.
As I sat at home writing it, far inland on a little mountain… I realized...– Necessary Fiction — Research Notes: Corwin Ericson
harthousereview: The Hart House Review is now accepting applications for the post of Deputy Editor, who will become Editor-in-Chief for the 2013 Review. Please submit cover letters and resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday February 5.
Creating work is your job. Waiting for opportunities in the entertainment...– Sage advice from Thomas Lennon (via balltillifall)
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 40, Vladimir...
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.