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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don't got nothin to do with literature per se, other than it's a very well-written and researched essay about the now-outdated Marxist distinction between labor and capital.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.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Small Word about your Dog Eat Crow World

For those of you who have been checking out the site for awhile, you may have noticed a growing predominance of Amazon product links. Please don't judge me, but this is my feeble attempt to monetize this site in the easiest and least intrusive way possible. For those of you who don't use Amazon that's cool, I understand, feel free to not click on the links. For those of you who do use Amazon, though, know that when you click on one of these nifty product links and then ultimately end up buying something, you are helping support an aspiring writer and father and husband and frontiersman and are pretty much being totally awesome.

So basically, if you like me then click on the links and buy stuff from Amazon. If you don't, then don't. I won't hold it against you. Promise.

End of PSA.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Backyard Reclamation Project

I've been meaning to write about this for awhile, but wanted to attach all the photos I've got before I did. Now that I've finally uploaded the pictures to Picassa, here's the post.

Picture of spiders in my backyard.
So, my backyard is a jungle. It's fairly large, with a gentle inclining slope from the house to the property line, filled with tall, old trees, and covered in English Ivy. Ivy is really great for those who don't want to have to take care of their yards. It is not so good for people with young children who are bizarrely paranoid of their children getting bitten by snakes or spiders.