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Friday, July 2, 2010

Blogs of note

Here you go. This has nothing to do with writing, per se, but the definitions for these completely made up words are hilarious and insightful. Check it out: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

My favorite by far is the "Cissy Kick":

"Twang of resentment at the sibilant c—as in porcine, decent, and celery—a letter that could k but instead simpers amongst the more kickass consonants like a sloth trying to make friends in a crosswalk."

Sloth in a crosswalk making friends--damn that knocks me out everytime I read it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Writer Spotlight: River T. Huffman

River Huffman is a chameleon. His stories deal with hitmen and hungry wolves and down and out pitchers, never alighting in the same place twice. Yet throughout his work a slim ribbon of dread traces between the words and sentences, turning poetry readings into panic-inducing events, and a late morning lie-in into a master class in duplicity. His stories are concise, and pianful, and traverse the wide gulf between what we say to one another and what we mean. Though much of his work is hard to find on the internet, I've linked to one of his best, "The Reliever" in the interview I conducted with him last month over email.

The interview follows after the jump, and you can find the link to "The Reliever" in question #2.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sometimes reading isn't fun...and that's what can make it great

Garth Risk Hallberg of The Millions chats about grappling with the 800 page gorilla that is Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren. In his essay Hallberg tries to both understand the book better for himself, and to describe the experience of reading something that is at once enormously difficult to understand, but also extraordinarily satisfying. Reminds me of that one book I read last summer.

You can read the article here.