Barrelhouse editor Dave Housley wrote a “Commercial Fiction” piece for Hobart’s website about the “trippy magical realism” in Coors Light advertisements. You know what that means, right? People all over the world! Join hands. Start a love train. (Love train.)
There was a pretty great "Cialis" one the week before, too! (And, pssst, maybe a “Wrangler” one coming in the near future??)
#Dave Housley #commercial fiction #Coors Light #Barrelhouse
Lit Journals for Your New Year’s Resolution « Treehouse
The Next Generation of Lit Mags:
Barrelhouse and Hobart: These are two different journals with different values and aesthetics, but, as they started around the same time and have both done a lot to remove the highbrow and the stuffy from new literature, I’m grouping them together. If you like reading elegant prose about first generation role-playing games, the Jersey Shore, or the Three Stooges Museum, these are two journals you’re going to enjoy. Barrelhouse and Hobart publish surprising, often funny pieces of writing that people tend to mislabel “quirky” or “weird” but that we here at Treehouse prefer to call “pleasingly unusual.” The mainstream is finally starting to recognize the awesomeness of these two mags, as the latest Best American Short Stories featured two stories from Hobart (which is to say, 10% of the “best” stories of 2012 were from a single issue of Hobart).
Elizabeth McCracken gets involved, to push the Hobart/Barrelhouse feud up a notch…
#Hobart #Barrelhouse #Elizabeth McCracken #beef
somebody (Barrelhouse) think they funny.
(of course, whoever got this at the Barrelhouse table had probably just stopped there to ask them where to find the Hobart table anyway…)
#AWP #bookfair #Barrelhouse
We love eyeshot, and Lee, and Barrelhouse, and are really, really excited for this book. Also, all these old stories of the early aught online lit scene always make us nostalgic. Lee’s old rejection letters really were things of legend.
have spent the last hour reading galley of Lee Klein Eyeshot Rejections, a book coming out this fall through Barrelhouse, which is the opposite of bullshit, which is brutal and hilarious and “awesome” and makes me wish i still had my Eyeshot rejections and which reminded me of the above photograph, which was my original Eyeshot Literary Escort photo, until a non-literary friend and her husband talked me out of using it because they feared i wouldn’t be taken seriously as a writer (it was my first online photo! this was pre-facebook/myspace!). lol. it should be noted, however, that after sending mr. klein the above photograph, he stopped rejecting me and finally accepted a story or two. could be coincidence. could be my writing had improved by then. or could it be, he took me more seriously as a writer? ha. okay. whatever. here is an excerpt from his book of Eyeshot rejections. look for it this fall!
"YOU ARE SO ENTHUSIASTICALLY ALL OVER THE PLACE! WHICH IS A GOOD THING! WE LIKE ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY! I WOULD SURELY LIKE TO DRINK ESPRESSO WITH YOU AND RUN AROUND AND CHAT AND THEN HAVE ACROBATIC SPORT SEX. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO READING WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN IT’S LIKE TOO MUCH Y’KNOW LIKE TOO MUCH ENERGY AND ALL OVER THE PLACENESS AND SPORT SEX WHEN WHAT WE THINK WE REALLY LIKE TO SEE IS MORE CONTROLLED ENERGY NOT MANIA BUT SOMETHING MORE LIKE DIRECTED FOCUSED EFFUSIONS OF FORWARDLY PROPELLED PROSE IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN AND MAYBE SOME LIGHT PETTING AND SLOW CARESSES UNDER A WARM COMFORTER ON A COOL EARLY AUTUMN RAINY MORNING IF YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT."
#Lee Klein #eyeshot #Barrelhouse #elizabeth ellen #rejection letters
Wordstalker #3: Jess Walter Will Make You Fall in Love in Four Easy Steps, by Tabitha Blankenbiller | Barrelhouse
At the podium, Jess launches into a 2nd person narrative trailing his path from feeling small town weirdo writer inclinations up to taking the leap into college, and snagging an interview with his idol, Kurt Vonnegut. “You write him a three-page letter, he sends back three words on a postcard,” he said, “which is an absolutely square deal.” He talks with a half-smile and shrugs, as if a bit embarrassed, absolutely appreciative, pure happiness to be up and telling a story. He describes his home and family with such humor, honesty, and tenderness, despite their bewilderment at his predilections. He positions himself as the freak, while they are there to ground him—drinking beer, shooting hoops, giving him shit, being happy with their homes and lives while he struggles to get noticed by the humblest of publications. It’s the same way you would describe your own people, with love. Appreciation. A wistfulness that you can’t quite understand each other better. Walter’s embrace of his roots and self-effacing take on the writing life refreshing, riveting and real.
Even in front of a tightly-packed crowd he’s able to speak with the intimacy and friendliness of a dim bar.
Tabitha "Games of My Youth" Blankenbiller ON Jess Walter
#Tabitha Blankenbiller #Jess Walter #Barrelhouse