February 2, 2012


Chelsey flipped her car three times without a scratch. A bullet missed CJ by an inch. Selena took a bullet in the liver and lived. Joanna was short on her tuition and then received two-year-old overdue back-pay for the exact amount. Ali got arrested for having sex on the beach in Mexico when she wasn’t doing anything of the sort, but then she was let go without reason. When the hotel repairman showed up, Erin instinctively locked herself in the bathroom, and a month later that repairman was convicted of murder.
Every single one of these events could be seen as unlucky, but each person chose to see it the other way around. I call that perspective. (via HOBART 13 bonus: Jac Jemc)

Chelsey flipped her car three times without a scratch. A bullet missed CJ by an inch. Selena took a bullet in the liver and lived. Joanna was short on her tuition and then received two-year-old overdue back-pay for the exact amount. Ali got arrested for having sex on the beach in Mexico when she wasn’t doing anything of the sort, but then she was let go without reason. When the hotel repairman showed up, Erin instinctively locked herself in the bathroom, and a month later that repairman was convicted of murder.

Every single one of these events could be seen as unlucky, but each person chose to see it the other way around. I call that perspective. (via HOBART 13 bonus: Jac Jemc)

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February 10, 2012


Amelia Gray & Jac Jemc on LUCK

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Amelia Gray: We’ve walked a long way together, between bars or from bars to restaurants or from bars to homes. How long do you think we’ve walked?
Jac Jemc: That’s funny. When I think of you, I usually see you walking beside me. Probably at least 30 miles, right? More? Oh, but you asked how “long” which is different than how far. A lot of hours, I think. A day has got to be too long, but I like the idea of having walked a whole day with you.
(via HOBART 13 bonus: Amelia Gray & Jac Jemc)

Amelia Gray: We’ve walked a long way together, between bars or from bars to restaurants or from bars to homes. How long do you think we’ve walked?

Jac Jemc: That’s funny. When I think of you, I usually see you walking beside me. Probably at least 30 miles, right? More? Oh, but you asked how “long” which is different than how far. A lot of hours, I think. A day has got to be too long, but I like the idea of having walked a whole day with you.

(via HOBART 13 bonus: Amelia Gray & Jac Jemc)

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February 28, 2012


HOBART 13 bonus: Amelia Gray & Jac Jemc

Re-Tumbling because… Amelia’s THREATS is out today!!

Jac Jemc: I know you won the FC2 contest, but any other contest wins? Like a radio call-in contest or funny dance contest on spring break?

Amelia Gray: A couple summers ago I won a raffle at a summer movie series and I won $100 in grocery money! I blew it all on wine and candy. I always enter those feedback contests on receipts from grocery stores. It’s a compulsion I have, like if I see it on the receipt I have to do it. I haven’t won anything from those but the folks at Ralph’s know exactly how I feel about their tampon selection.

JJ: Do you think luck was ever a lady to begin with?

AG: Luck is a lady and lady is a tramp.

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April 27, 2012


Amazon.com: My Only Wife by Jac Jemc

We kinda loved us some My Only Wife by Jac Jemc round here

My Only Wife opens with an epigraph from Emily Dickinson: “That those who know her, know her less, the nearer her they get.” This is the reader’s obsession and compulsion and joy, shared by the husband, who has been left, who recounts for us the stories of his wife. This novel is so well-written, so well-crafted, I was constantly torn between slowing down to linger in the wonderful prose and speeding up to chase the intoxicating story, which is to say, the intoxicating wife. A woman who rips pages from her favorite books, tosses the pages out of windows for passersby below to find and read. A woman who erases the first love letter her husband ever wrote her because it was written in pencil (and for a more heartbreaking reason I won’t divulge here). A woman who collects oral histories of strangers, records them secluded in a closet, out of earshot of her husband. A woman you’d expect to find in a foreign film, where women are celebrated for their strength and wit and independent spirit and unknowability. And while we are making comparisons to the movies, there is a Hitchockian ending I didn’t see coming (as one shouldn’t, Hitchcockian endings!). All in all, a brilliant novel I will add to my shelf of favorite books, alongside Memories of My Melancholy Whores and The Lover and I Look Divine and The Postman Always Rings Twice and Suicide and A Single Man. Books to read again and again. Books to obsess over and devour.

—Elizabeth Ellen

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May 11, 2012



When I was a kid I loved movies, but if I didn’t finish a movie in one sitting, I’d just start it over again, and maybe I never made it all the way to the end. I liked the exposition. I like watching the story get set up and complicated, but I hated when the story got resolved.

(via TNB Fiction | Jac Jemc: The TNB Self-Interview | The Nervous Breakdown)

When I was a kid I loved movies, but if I didn’t finish a movie in one sitting, I’d just start it over again, and maybe I never made it all the way to the end. I liked the exposition. I like watching the story get set up and complicated, but I hated when the story got resolved.

(via TNB Fiction | Jac Jemc: The TNB Self-Interview | The Nervous Breakdown)

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May 23, 2012


"My hope is that people will find a page and read it. I hope they’ll fall in love with it and look for the book. The author and the title is printed on each page, on either side." She folded a page into a smallish paper airplane, flew it out and away.

I was fascinated, disturbed, intrigued, but not surprised. Wasn’t this exactly the type of thing she’d come to make me expect? Hadn’t it been little constructed acts such as this that had drawn me to her? When we met, didn’t I think the banks of cassette tapes had to be the tip of some insanely creative iceberg?

"What’s the book?" I asked. I would read it that night. I would figure out what had made her so mad with passion.

She gathered the pile of paper from the floor in her arms and stepped onto the fire escape. She sent the armful into the air in a flutter. “You have to go down there and find out for yourself. I’m not going to talk about this book, or recommend it. This was my sole act of promotion. This is all I can do.”

-from My Only Wife, Jac Jemc

(found these strewn about while out walking yesterday. reminded us of the above.)

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June 27, 2012


We’ve already hyped it a lot, but.. what can we say. We love Pat, and we loved This Bright River, which drops today. Read it. Right now. It’s so freaking good.

(For that matter, I was thinking of recent faves and is it just me or are Chicago writers on some kind of crazy streak or something? Herewith, a photoset of five recent favorite novels, all super amazing, all by Chi peeps [Novy moved away, but we’re self-congratulatorily including him]. If you’re working on a novel, all signs point to: maybe move to Chicago?)

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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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July 27, 2012


look at (Ho13 contributor & new Hobart Web Editor) Jac Jemc, gettin’ some Paris Review love!
theparisreview:


“Writers privately love two things: obsessing over rejection and watching their peers fail.”

Chicago author Jac Jemc on blogging about rejection letters.

look at (Ho13 contributor & new Hobart Web Editor) Jac Jemc, gettin’ some Paris Review love!

theparisreview:

“Writers privately love two things: obsessing over rejection and watching their peers fail.”

Chicago author Jac Jemc on blogging about rejection letters.

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