August 14, 2011


I AM SUSPICIOUS OF ALL WRITERS AND HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE NOT SICK OF THEMSELVES.

Patrick Somerville, “A Conversation With Patrick Somerville and Lindsay Hunter” (via oodalolly)

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May 3, 2012


So excited for this. 

Also: best book trailer I’ve seen yet? Maybe. 

patricksomerville:

Here’s my Zork-inspired Tift-Merritt-sung book trailer for This Bright River.

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May 17, 2012


STOKED

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:

ashleybethard:

Just found out that Hobart, one of my favorite lit mags ever, accepted a short story of mine.

Dancing, squealing and singing ensued. YEAH!

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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)

(via nprfreshair)

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July 5, 2012


Hobart #11 (and, (announcement alert!) #14) contributor, Patrick Somerville.
patricksomerville:

Here’s a piece I wrote for Salon about the Maslin review.

Hobart #11 (and, (announcement alert!) #14) contributor, Patrick Somerville.

patricksomerville:

Here’s a piece I wrote for Salon about the Maslin review.

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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.

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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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August 10, 2012


theparisreview:

“Everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is… maybe he didn’t.” The Tenenbaums in print (via Criterion).

theparisreview:

“Everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is… maybe he didn’t.” The Tenenbaums in print (via Criterion).

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August 14, 2012


"because I can’t look you in the voice." perfect.
thenotes:

fialta:

Dorothy Parker gets it right about fucking it up.

To say nothing of telephones.

"because I can’t look you in the voice." perfect.

thenotes:

fialta:

Dorothy Parker gets it right about fucking it up.

To say nothing of telephones.

(Source: nighterrand, via othernotebooksareavailable)

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