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Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Writing Links!

Easily Distracted has a very interesting essay about the change in literary critique that took place in the 1960's here.

No matter how badly your rejection letters have stung, I can practically guarantee they haven't been as mean-spirited as this one. See, and Gertrude Stein's career didn't turn out too bad, did it?

And this one don't got nothin to do with literature per se, other than it's a very well-written and researched essay about the now-outdated Marxist distinction between labor and capital. The author, Michael Denning, argues instead that the true distinction is between those working in the formal and the informal economies. I swear it's not as dry as this synopsis suggests. This is some very interesting stuff. Check it out here. From The New Left.

Yeah, um, like, buy this book. Not only are you supporting ole' xTx, but this is also the first book published by Roxane Gay's new micropress, Tiny Hardcore. Check it.

Oh yeah, and here's 97 things you didn't know about William S. Burroughs.

Emily St. John Mandel writes in The Millions about the horribleness of bad reviews here. I'm going to give her a pass here and not say something snarky about complaining about bad reviews when so many authors would kill to get reviewed at all. She covers her snark bases early in this essay which makes for a nice, engaging read.