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Friday, March 26, 2010

Obligatory DFW post

The University of Texas has snagged David Foster Wallace's personal papers, including: manuscript and research materials, and his college and graduate school writing. Finally this stuff will be open to the public. Look for about a million books about this guy in the next few years.

You can read about it here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cellar Door

People who like words sometimes get into some strange discussions. One such discussion is which words are beautiful and which words are not. The New York Times had an interesting discussion a few weeks back about a particularly notorious "beautiful word", cellar door. Most of the under-40 set will remember this phrase from Donnie Darko, but apparently cellar door has a long history of breaking linguistic hearts.

You can read the article here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I feel the heat on the other side of the door

Dear God, please don't let writing become like every other artistic form, where outright fraud is accepted as a legitimate artistic statement simply because society has grown so lethargic toward mash-ups and "collages" that the average Joe doesn't know the difference between reality, fiction, and stealing...oh, wait, it already has.

*sad face sad face*

David Shields defends himself here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Writer Spotlight: Roxane Gay

On Roxane Gay's blog I Have Become Accustomed To Rejection she writes in lurid detail about the process of getting published. As both the Co-Editor of PANK Magazine and an extensively published author of short stories, Ms. Gay is a creditable witness to the shilling, on both sides of the "aisle", inherent in the publication process in today's market. Her clear-eyed documentation of the travails (and the desire for respect and appreciation, and the fear of failure, and the constant, nagging self-consciousness) of the average writer is a wonderful tonic for anyone who is facing the massive uphill battle of modern publication.

But what makes Ms. Gay's blog so poignant is that she is herself an incredible author who has been published over 50 times in the last two years. To be so humble and honest about her rejections is a trait rarely found in this fast-paced authorial world.

As a writer, Ms. Gay writes stories that are raw, difficult at times, filled with characters who are flawed and dangerous, careening on courses of interaction that rarely fail to produce sparks, or even sometimes conflagrations. She deals honestly in the pain and joy of sex, and racial tension, and fractured relationships, never pulling a punch when a shot to the gut is exactly what the story needs. In this way, Ms. Gay's stories are exactly like her blog: honest, humble, and dangerous.

I spoke with her via email last month about her writing and blog amongst other things. Check after the interview for links to some of her best work.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Godspeed You Black Emperor: Chapter Two

Here is Chapter Two of my unpublished, and slightly unfinished, novel Godspeed You Black Emperor. I will try to publish chapters occasionally for those of you who are interested.

Chapter One: The Lev
Chapter Two: Daniel Fischer