When word came down that TriQuarterly magazine would shift to an online-only, student-run model next year, the news rattled many in the lit-mag community (yes, there is one). In look and editorial feel, TriQuarterly helped invent the formula for what we think of–or what we have thought of–as the small literary magazine, a print powerhouse… Continue reading »
How-to-write books have never had much appeal for me. I am happier when I learn by doing–and by reading other kinds of books. A teacher of mine in grad school used to say that bad novels teach you more about writing than good ones do; the also-rans and failures are cautionary tales, examples of what… Continue reading »
So I took a month off from blogging without really meaning to. What that says I don’t know, except that I must have had things to do and places to be. Or maybe I’ve been lazy and distracted. I’ve done a little traveling this past month and a little fiction-writing. More on that anon. Anyway,… Continue reading »
It seems I joined the so-called slow-blogging movement without intending to. Sorry about that. Time to get back to slapdash, off-the-cuff posting. So what *have* I been doing lately? I’ve been out to Montgomery College to talk to a continuing-ed group about the short story I wrote for D.C. Noir. The takeaway: It’s fun to… Continue reading »
Tonight. Check it out if you’re in the vicinity and have $5 to spare. More info here.
Founded in 1999, Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed…. Continue reading »
Too funny: WASHINGTONâ€”The National Endowment for the Arts announced Monday that it has begun construction on a $1.3 billion, 14-line lyric poemâ€”its largest investment in the nation’s aesthetic- industrial complex since the $850 million interpretive-dance budget of 1985. “America’s metaphors have become strained beyond recognition, our nation’s verses are severely overwrought, and if one merely… Continue reading »
Ever felt the impulse to whip out a red pen and go to town on a badly written menu or sign? Resist it. From the Arizona Republic: Two self-anointed “grammar vigilantes” who toured the nation removing typos from public signs have been banned from national parks after vandalizing a historic marker at the Grand Canyon…. Continue reading »
You’d never know it from my wardrobe, but I subscribe to Lucky, “the magazine about shopping and style.” (It used to just be “the magazine about shopping”–times were simpler then.) It’s not the articles that keep me hooked, much as I appreciate being given advice on topics like “613 Smart Buys” (SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN?… Continue reading »
Even the New Yorker has a book blog now. But this one (“loose leafs from the New Yorker books department”) looks like it’s worth keeping an eye on. I’ve already seen more female bylines there than I do in most issues of the print mag.