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Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Writing Links!

decomP has released its December, 2010 issue, and it includes some faces you might recognize (xTx, J. Bradley for starters). Mine isn't one of them, but I don't care, because this issue is the cat's pajamas.

Chad Harbach at Slate posits that there are now two distinct literary cultures in America: NYC vs. MFA's. Long but interesting read.

And then, of course, there's this end of year crap.

More interesting is this from The Millions.

The New York Times reviews Jonathan Lethem's latest book, a critique of John Carpenter's 1988 "classic" They Live.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

He is Talking to the Fat Lady

As soon as I heard xTx had a chapbook coming out on Safety Third Enterprises, I made sure I was waiting in the e-line the day it came on sale. Good thing I did because the darn thing sold out in a day.

Well, the adorable little green book came last week and over the weekend I had the chance to devour it in one sitting. While I had read some of the stories before they were certainly deserving of a second pass through, and the new ones were pretty much exactly as I expected: harsh, brutal, and absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, due to the whole sold out nature of the chapbook, any of you who don't already have it can't get a copy, but several of the stories have been published before, including the titular story.

Anyway, the chapbook is great, read xTx. Go to her blog.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dog Eat Crow Magazine

So, it has occurred to me over the last few months that this blog has become far too solipsistic and thematically fragmented to warrant posting other author's fiction here. It seems strange to show off great works by other people in between posts about college football and bragging about my latest writerly conquest.

So, I have no started Dog Eat Crow Magazine for the sole purpose of showcasing great fiction by people who are not me. You can still come here for the normal off-topic (or on-topic) blogging and rantation, but as often as I can I'll be posting short stories, poetry, and flash fiction over at DECM.

Anyway, so, like, I just wanted to let you know. The first official Dog Eat Crow Magazine story went live a week or so ago. It's Jordan Matthew Walsh's curiosity "The Dog You Hated Died Today, Thought You'd Like To Know."