August 14, 2011
May 3, 2012
This Bright River - Wayfarin' from Patrick Somerville on Vimeo.
So excited for this.
Also: best book trailer I’ve seen yet? Maybe.
Here’s my Zork-inspired Tift-Merritt-sung book trailer for This Bright River.
#lit #book trailer #tbr #zork #tift merritt #text adventure
May 17, 2012
as much as we love finding beautiful pictures of Tasmania and info on mixers via the tumblr search tag for “Hobart,” this is pretty cool, too:
Just found out that Hobart, one of my favorite lit mags ever, accepted a short story of mine.
Dancing, squealing and singing ensued. YEAH!
you can call me boots.
#hobart #SQUEEEEEEEEEEE #art #fiction #literary journal #literary magazine #short story #writing #LIT
May 29, 2012
When things get too comfortable and things get too safe, I get the feeling like I’m smothering. It’s like somebody’s burying me in feathers.
Writer Harry Crews died on Wednesday at the age of 76. He had a hard life and didn’t made it any easier for the characters in his novels. (via nprfreshair)
NPR Fresh Air
#harry-crews #writing #lit #fiction
July 5, 2012
Hobart #11 (and, (announcement alert!) #14) contributor, Patrick Somerville.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Salon about the Maslin review.
#lit #tbr #head injuries #corrections #patrick somerville #This Bright River
July 9, 2012
Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year
someone smarter than me should try to decode the semifinalist books they eliminated
A ravishingly beautiful, original novel went down when one of us pointed out that, lovely as the book was, Toni Morrison had already told a version of that particular story, to similarly powerful effect, in a single chapter of “Beloved.”
I lobbied to eliminate another because its language was sometimes strong and sometimes indifferent. At one point I said to Maureen and Susan, “Please don’t make me read you a dozen limp, lifeless sentences taken from the book. I don’t want to be that guy.” But I insisted that although there were plenty of good lines, there were simply too many slack, utilitarian ones. And, in that case, the language crank got his way.
A third fell under the wheel (and this one was particularly heartbreaking to all of us) when we reluctantly acknowledged that although it was wonderfully written and fabulously inventive, its central love story, while moving, was insufficiently complicated and a bit sentimental; that it failed to depict the body of darker emotions that are integral to love: moments of rage, disappointment, pettiness, and greed, to name a few.
#fiction #lit #michael cunningham #pulitzer #page-turner #the new yorker
July 27, 2012
look at (Ho13 contributor & new Hobart Web Editor) Jac Jemc, gettin’ some Paris Review love!
“Writers privately love two things: obsessing over rejection and watching their peers fail.”
Chicago author Jac Jemc on blogging about rejection letters.
The Paris Review
#lit #essay #Jac Jemc #Paris Review
August 10, 2012
“Everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is… maybe he didn’t.” The Tenenbaums in print (via Criterion).
The Paris Review
#film #lit #books #tenenbaums #wes anderson
August 14, 2012
"because I can’t look you in the voice." perfect.
Dorothy Parker gets it right about fucking it up.
To say nothing of telephones.
(Source: nighterrand, via othernotebooksareavailable)
#lit #writing #Dorothy Parker