What is lost still has substance, is malleable, can take on new impressions, and be molded again to our experience, often resulting in the most lasting force that determines how we see the world....more
“Distance” is part of a growing collection of graphic essays in which AshleyRose Sullivan tries to make sense of her oddball family history by looking at it through the lens of popular culture. ...more
The more of us there are out here sharing our work and telling our own stories and flying our freak flags, being our intricate, strange, and idiosyncratic selves, the less power the monolith has....more
Perhaps Bridget fans who watched the movies but never read the books might not find this movie to be such a hard blow... But those who read the books—and those who loved the pilgrim soul in Bridget—will feel the loss more keenly....more
I once heard the only thing faster than the speed of light is the speed of thought, and I wonder if simply thinking about Sawyer’s sister until my head hurts could get us to the place we fear talking about....more
You see, when a man believes he has the power to grant a woman personhood by admiring her looks or her body’s use to him... he also believes he has the power to take it away. Trump believes he has this power....more
Monday 10/24: The launch party for Zeke Caligiuri’s This Is Where I Am: A Memoir (University of Minnesota Press) will include a reading, signing, and reception. Caligiuri, currently in prison, wrote his story of growing up in the Twin Cities during the 1990s, when Minneapolis was known as “Murderapolis”. Open Book, 7 p.m., free.
Tuesday 10/25: 555 Reads features five writers, each reading for five minutes, at Five Watt Coffee in the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Hosted by Elizabeth Tannen, October’s lineup includes Anessa Ibrahim, Brad Liening, Jennifer Willoughby, Donte Collins, and Vanessa Ramos. It starts at 8 p.m., but get there early because it fills up fast.
Once you’ve left the multiplex, you can swing by the Puppy Zone, or curl up in a big armchair, or — for fearful flyers — have a drop-in hypnotherapy session. By then, it should be time to pop onto your plane, stretch out, and relax, blissfully sober.
My affective response is not appropriate to the questionnaire. I drop tears on it. My face is hot and red above it. My body is full of the wrong kind of information. Not data. Not paper print out. The typed questions before me should not elicit this much sadness.
The small town where I have recently landed is ugly and beautiful. Walk down the main street: there are a few old gems like an ancient and glorious Masonic Hall, now home to evangelicals. Several boarded up stores, ugly as can be, and some small town cafes: one for Giants fans, specializing in breakfast, pancakes and pennants all over the joint, one Mexican taqueria, one family pasta palace with red and white checkered table cloths and cheap chianti, and an old-school diner for burgers. They’re great little haunts, and you wouldn’t want any fewer—each has its appropriate constituency. (more…)
The latest news in Oasis ridiculousness is a throwback: apparently, according to Danny Boyle, Noel Gallagher confessed he turned down the opportunity to get on the Trainspotting soundtrack because he mistakenly assumed the movie was about “train spotters.” Bummer to miss out on being a part of an iconic 90s film alongside Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Pulp, and Primal Scream because you can’t bother to find out if it’s really just about railroad nerds, huh?
Sometimes, literary magazines fold. It happens all the time because of funding, or manpower, or editorial differences. Usually, print back issues remain for sale and online content is preserved indefinitely, or at least until someone forgets to renew the domain. But this does not seem to be the case with Black Clock, the respected literary magazine out of CalArts that published the likes of David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, and Aimee Bender, to name only a few of the prominent talents from its pages. At Lit Hub, Jeff VanderMeer writes about the mysterious folding and subsequent erasure of Black Clock, the back issues of which have been pulped and the website removed from the Internet, and mourns its passing.
Lit Hub has also reprinted two stories from Black Clock’s 21st and final issue, the suitably apocalyptic “bang-whimper” issue, preserving at least a little slice of the magazine for posterity. Appropriately, the two stories, VanderMeer’s “Bang-Whimper” and Joanna Scott’s “Whimper,” interrogate how we humans build our realities and the elusive nature of truth. (more…)
To an English-speaker, the difference between “autobiography” and “memoir” seems intuitive. But in German, there’s no equivalent of the word “memoir.” At Lit Hub, Tara Bray Smith muses on the distinction between the two genres, and what it tells us about German literature and history.
I couldn’t believe there could be a famous book that was so radically unsatisfying. I remember thinking, how can he even be a famous author if he fucks you over this badly? It just seemed like a disaster.
Saturday 10/22: Head back to The Book Cellar as Gina Frangello and Audrey Niffenegger discuss the process of writing characters whose identities differ from their own. The discussion will be followed by a short reading. 6 p.m., free.
Sunday 10/23: Sarah Schulman reads from her book Conflict Is Not Abuse at Women & Children First. 4 p.m., free.
The problem with me coming to the table to talk about diversity is the belief that I have some role to play in us accomplishing it, and I don’t. And the fact that I have to return to that table often should be proof that such discussions aren’t achieving what they are supposed to.
At Electric Literature, Dani Spencer looks at Japanese writers who have already written dozens of books that envision what the world could look like if Donald Trump were to win the election. Let’s hope that’s the closest we have to get to finding out.
Zines come and go. Editors move around. It’s rare that a story can’t possibly sell to anyplace but Grandiose Editor’s Power Trip Quarterly. I know when you’re new, anyone ahead of you on the track, or in an editorial position, seems like they have so much power, but honestly, you don’t need them. Walk away, do not buy into that bullshit.
With so many books winning so many prizes over the years (Nobel this, Pulitzer that), one can’t help but wonder how our generation’s sense of literature might be described in the future. What patterns and obsessions and current trends might be considered as critical to understanding our era? Over at The Huffington Post, read some answers speculating on just that.
Over at The Story Prize blog, Lynne Stegner, whose new collection, For All the Obvious Reasons, came out with Arcade Publishing in June 2016, has an apt description of narrative compression and the exquisite burden of the short story form:
So everything that has come before this final scene must be already distilled within character, emblematized in a handful of causatively related events, or even left just out of reach and merely glimpsed in the imagination, or metaphorically presumed, the way you can almost feel the muscles of large birds as they fly overhead.
Le Tigre released what they announced would be a one-song reunion: a pro-Hillary track aptly titled “I’m With Her.” Although there is some mentioning of the need to get Trump out of our political reality stat, Kathleen Hanna’s lyrics focus on Clinton’s qualifications and how “she’s always got to work twice as hard as any man.” Watch the video, directed by Laura Parnes, after the jump. (more…)