This is a purely fanciful tale, a little nightmare produced by the unaccustomed high living of a brief visit to Hollywood. Readers whose pleasure in fiction derives from identifying the characters and scenes with real people and real places will be disappointed. If in the vast variety of life in America there is anyone at all like any of the characters I have invented, I can only remind that person that we never me, and assure him or her that, had we done so, I would not have attempted to portray a living individual in a book where all the incidents are entirely imaginary.
As I have said, this is a nightmare and in parts, perhaps, somewhat gruesome. The squeamish should return their copies to the library or the bookstore unread.
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:
you can call me boots.
Just found out that Hobart, one of my favorite lit mags ever, accepted a short story of mine.
Dancing, squealing and singing ensued. YEAH!
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)NPR Fresh Air
The Paris Review
“One time, while I was writing, I happened to sniff my armpits absentmindedly. Several people saw me do it, and thought it was funny—and ever after that I was given the name ‘Snarf.’ In the annual for my graduating class, the class of 1940, I’m listed as ‘Kurt Snarfield Vonnegut, Jr.’ Technically, I wasn’t really a snarf. A snarf was a person who went around sniffing girls’ bicycle saddles. I didn’t do that. ‘Twerp’ also had a very specific meaning, which few people know now. Through careless usage, ‘twerp’ is a pretty formless insult now.
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.
I think I’m too old or just not cool enough or something to understand… well, any of this, but I think it’s positive and they’re essentially telling you that you need to buy yourself a copy right now, or if you already have it, you should buy it for at least two of your friends as a gift?
i am alt lit
books like this one and we realize the spectrum is wide & huge and our stupid ‘framework’ for ‘judging’ books or art or whatev seem ‘contrived’ when we compare something like a ‘90’ or ‘100’ to like Borges or something, what is going on, this is an impossible task, when authors create #QS at such a rapid rate, and then you get these short story collections, and then you get dense Cloud-Atlas-novels, taking on ‘big things’ and we’re just writing about the iNternet,
This Wednesday in Iowa City!!
DYLAN NICE - OTHER KINDS
November 28, 2012 - 7:00pm
Live at Prairie Lights
Dylan Nice on Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains: the surreal and remote beauty of the place, the region’s influence on his work, and what it’s like when Google Maps kills your hometown.
Full interview: http://www.litshow.com/archive/season-06/dylan-nice-interview
haven’t even had a chance to listen to this yet, but i’m excited to! (hope he doesn’t shit talk us. i’ll have to un-tumbl…)
89 playsThe Lit Show