December 23, 2011


Busy times round the Hobart offices!

Coming in February 2012:

Lucky HOBART #13 (w/ Amy Butcher, Brian Allen Carr, Steve Castro, Jimmy Chen, Ashley Farmer,  Tod Goldberg, Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Adam Levin, Rolf Potts, Sean Lovelace, M. Owens, Micah Riecker, Shya Scanlon, Curtis VanDonkelaar, and Joshua Ware, with drawings, “lucky items,” a Q&A on superstition in baseball, and thoughts on luck by Donald Averill, Paula Bomer, Joshua Brandon, Chloe Caldwell, Noah Cicero, Molly Gaudry, Tom Giesler, Barry Graham, Joseph Lappie, Robert Lopez, Chelsea Martin, Donald Ray Pollock, Adam Robinson, Kevin Sampsell, Laura van den Berg, Brandi Wells

FAST MACHINE by Elizabeth Ellen

and then in March:

I HAVE BLINDED MYSELF WRITING THIS by Jess Stoner!

NOTES:

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February 14, 2012


One quick, final reminder: if you subscribe by the end of today, you’ll get FAST MACHINE for free.

One quick, final reminder: if you subscribe by the end of today, you’ll get FAST MACHINE for free.

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February 17, 2012


HOBART: print

Up until Valentines Day, we were giving away Fast Machine to subscribers. Because its Friday night and I’m just hanging out, eating and drinking, reading Tumblr and posting on facebook, I want to give away a couple more books…

Brian Allen Carr has a kickass story in this issue that is going to be in his upcoming collection, VAMPIRE CONDITIONS. The first sentence of his story is, “White folks never dedicate their cars to loved ones.” Tell me you don’t want to read the rest of that. Go ahead and just try.

So… in case you, too, are just hanging out in front of your computer, and looking for an excuse to throw us a few dollars… to the next two subscribers, I’ll buy you a copy of any Dark Sky (where Brian is an editor) book you want. I’ll either have it sent directly to you, or I’ll have it sent here and sign it myself, either as the author or as Brian. Your call. How’s that sound?

both subscriptions/free books were taken. That was fun though. I’ll offer up some more freebies later this weekend, I bet.

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February 24, 2012


I started writing Farm Town, the project, at around this same time, although it’s not a response to the game in any legitimate way. It’s true that I’m enamored with the objects of that world (Swan Hedge, Log Truck with Chain Saw, Pink Merry-Go-Round, Snow Pine). And the repetition, the rote click-clicking, holds its own weird meditative appeal after a long day (ditto the lushness of so much organized green on one’s laptop screen). Mostly the Farm Town project became a place—both outside and inside this new city—for me to revel in and better understand nostalgia and ambition and technology. (via HOBART 13 bonus: Ashley Farmer)

I started writing Farm Town, the project, at around this same time, although it’s not a response to the game in any legitimate way. It’s true that I’m enamored with the objects of that world (Swan Hedge, Log Truck with Chain Saw, Pink Merry-Go-Round, Snow Pine). And the repetition, the rote click-clicking, holds its own weird meditative appeal after a long day (ditto the lushness of so much organized green on one’s laptop screen). Mostly the Farm Town project became a place—both outside and inside this new city—for me to revel in and better understand nostalgia and ambition and technology. (via HOBART 13 bonus: Ashley Farmer)

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February 28, 2012


our favorite thing said about the newest issue (maybe any issue) yet (re: specifically, Rolf Potts’s “Remixing Reality”)

it is hard to describe my happiness at reading the David Shields response. This is the response that Reality Hunger needed, and I’m glad it came from you guys. Embedding the story (particularly that story) within the piece was genius because it demonstrates its point (rather than talking about what it wants to talk about), and the collage/plagiarism technique was utilized in a much more subtle and effective way than in Reality Hunger itself—it reads so cohesively, nothing tipped me off that they were pulled from other sources—and this is what makes the piece for me. Potts’ use of unattributed quotes ends up being an act of humility (since some of the best lines and ideas in the piece are actually his) and it reads as a collective work, whereas the pronounced lack of this kind of humility in Shields’ book is a big part of what makes one want to throw it out into traffic. All this just being a long-winded way of saying thanks for publishing this, and I look forward to reading the rest of the issue.
-Casey O’Neil

(HOBART 13)

our favorite thing said about the newest issue (maybe any issue) yet (re: specifically, Rolf Potts’s “Remixing Reality”)

it is hard to describe my happiness at reading the David Shields response. This is the response that Reality Hunger needed, and I’m glad it came from you guys. Embedding the story (particularly that story) within the piece was genius because it demonstrates its point (rather than talking about what it wants to talk about), and the collage/plagiarism technique was utilized in a much more subtle and effective way than in Reality Hunger itself—it reads so cohesively, nothing tipped me off that they were pulled from other sources—and this is what makes the piece for me. Potts’ use of unattributed quotes ends up being an act of humility (since some of the best lines and ideas in the piece are actually his) and it reads as a collective work, whereas the pronounced lack of this kind of humility in Shields’ book is a big part of what makes one want to throw it out into traffic. All this just being a long-winded way of saying thanks for publishing this, and I look forward to reading the rest of the issue.

-Casey O’Neil

(HOBART 13)

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July 23, 2012


it seems that the lessons learned from failure can be more easily identified than those gleaned from success.

(Hobart 13 contributor), Jac Jemc, blogs about rejection - chicagotribune.com

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January 15, 2013


the animals: “Hannah had a near-death kind of experience right around the time I...

colinwinnette:

“Hannah had a near-death kind of experience right around the time I knew him and he told us that he found Jesus in that time. I think I remember him saying that Jesus actually came into to the hospital and sat with him. He wrote in one of my books: ‘Christ is the strength that you do not have to pray for. Thereness, my lass.’”

The fist installment of a new interview series I’m doing at The Lit Pub.

For this series I’m asking the writers I love to recommend a book. If I haven’t read it, I read it. Then we talk about it.

In this installment, I’m talking with Amelia Gray about Airships by Barry Hannah.

I like this idea. And this interview in particular. And these people (Hobart 14 & 13 contribs, what-what!)

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April 24, 2013



This cover was one of my favorites and before writing my essay, I hadn’t seen it in thirty years. It’s a pretty dazzling photo, but what’s interesting is that it actually shows the aftermath of a punch in a fairly clinical fashion. Look at the way Ernesto Espana’s body is twisted and slack in places — his hips and legs, the odd placement of his arms, the twist of his head away from the rest of his body — and how Mancini is standing in perfect form. The look in Mancini’s eyes is also amazing: he sees a huge opening to attack. Plus, check out Espana’s socks. You just don’t see boxers these days wearing striped tube socks anymore. (via HOBART 13 bonus: Tod Goldberg)

How many pieces in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2013 will also have accompanying online photo essays, you think?
(and, yes, that’s our too-clever/too-proud way of telling you Tod’s essay, “When They Let Them Bleed,” from Hobart 13 is going to be in BAE. Read the bonus material now, or even pick up the issue itself, if you haven’t already.)

This cover was one of my favorites and before writing my essay, I hadn’t seen it in thirty years. It’s a pretty dazzling photo, but what’s interesting is that it actually shows the aftermath of a punch in a fairly clinical fashion. Look at the way Ernesto Espana’s body is twisted and slack in places — his hips and legs, the odd placement of his arms, the twist of his head away from the rest of his body — and how Mancini is standing in perfect form. The look in Mancini’s eyes is also amazing: he sees a huge opening to attack. Plus, check out Espana’s socks. You just don’t see boxers these days wearing striped tube socks anymore. (via HOBART 13 bonus: Tod Goldberg)

How many pieces in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2013 will also have accompanying online photo essays, you think?

(and, yes, that’s our too-clever/too-proud way of telling you Tod’s essay, “When They Let Them Bleed,” from Hobart 13 is going to be in BAE. Read the bonus material now, or even pick up the issue itself, if you haven’t already.)

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April 25, 2013


The Luck issue was terrific, in my opinion one of the best theme issues I came across this year.

Robob Atwan, Series Editor, Best American Essays

These very nice words came with notification that Tod Goldberg’s "When They Let Them Bleed" from Hobart 13 is going to be in this year’s BAE. Thanks, Bob!

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May 8, 2013


Farrar, Straus and Giroux: CLMP recommends "These Are the Fables" by Amelia Gray

“These Are the Fables” originally appeared in Hobart

Amelia Gray, what-what. Everyday, she’s hustlin’.

recommendedreading:

Vol. 13, No. 3

EDITOR’S NOTE


If I’m the first person to tell you about Amelia Gray, we obviously don’t have any Facebook friends in common. More than a few CLMP members have published her: Tin House, Guernica, DIAGRAM, American Short Fiction, to name some. And…

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