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) Oodalolly!
Don’t you think that once you have settled into your project, whether it’s very short or very long, sitting down to work on it is part of your routine? Doesn’t it feel like digging ditches? You’re doing your job. You’re not on a high high or a low low. When you’re doing your job, the Muse will visit you. You begin a project by thinking you know where the end is, but by the time you get there, you find yourself in a different place. I think that’s a good thing, ending up somewhere new. Isn’t that how it works for everyone?
(while we’re at it, we should note that basically every answer Vaughn gives is perfect and wonderful and pull-quote-worthy)
EE’s reading! I’ll be hanging out and drinking!
I’m reading in Brooklyn Monday night…
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES
When: June 11
DIANE WILLIAMS (Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty)
PATRICK SOMERVILLE (This Bright River)
JENNIFER MILLER (The Year of the Gadfly)
ELIZABETH ELLEN (Fast Machine)
ANDREW COTHREN (Eleven Eleven)
…any asshole can make something complicated, difficult, and tedious. Anyone can make something impenetrable. What’s interesting is the delight someone feels when it becomes clear that it’s all made sense from the start.This Bright River, Patrick Somerville
“College breaks your head open if you actually listen to it. You know? The humanities shit? Like too much. Too many words. You know what my favorite thing used to be?”
“Conversations. You know what my favorite thing in the world is now?”
“Rocks. Rocks, dude. Rocks.”
This Bright River, Patrick Somerville
On the one hand, puzzles are great because they’re fun. But really we are drawn to puzzles because they can be solved.
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?)
Hobart #11 (and, (announcement alert!) #14) contributor, Patrick Somerville.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Salon about the Maslin review.
Electric Literature's Recommended Reading
“The Deathblow: Sometimes I think about my life in two phases: Before I knew about the shadowy deathblow, and after I knew about the shadowy deathblow. I do not want to give away too much of this ingenious creation, but there is a spectacularly surprising sentence halfway through this story that involves the deathblow and a certain appendage. I still think about that sentence, whenever I believe I have written something smart and humorous. Is it as funny as that? I ask myself. Usually the answer is no.”
Hannah Tinti, editor-in-chief of One Story, writes in the editor’s note of Recommended Reading that there are 5 reasons to read Patrick Somerville’s story “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow.” Read the other reasons (and the story) tomorrow morning at Recommended Reading.