Excellent, albeit depressing as hell, HuffPo piece about the corruption in politics. Uh…happy reading?
Ilie Ruby, author of The Salt God’s Daughter, will be interviewed soon on The Sunday Rumpus. She Writes is spotlighting her on the Countdown to Publication, so get to know her in advance. And here’s another interview with Ilie.
How does a writer-mom spend her summer days? Stacy Bierlein shares the joys of hardhats, swimming pools, and the fact that libraries have purposes beyond flirting.
Sometimes I’m confused by how new modes of publishing, like Red Lemonade or Byliner, actually…work. But there is nothing at all confusing about the cool news of Byliner putting out new Margaret Atwood, digitally. Here’s the first enstallment of Atwood’s dystopically pervy piece, “Choke Collar,” that launched her darkly comic series, Positron.
Here’s Atwood in Granta on 10 Rules for Fiction Writers.
Speaking of Red Lemonade, Vanessa Veselka wins the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for 25K. Congrats, Vanessa, and congrats to talent-magnet publisher, Richard Nash.
Rave in the NYTimes for one of the most generous guys in literature, Jonathan Evison, for his new, deeply intimate novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Johnny will be talking to me for The Sunday Rumpus soon–stay tuned.
Episode 100 of Other People features George Saunders. Interviewer extraordinaire, Brad Listi, will also be stopping by these parts next Sunday to be on the other end of the stick.
Sunday Rumpus alum, veteran critic, and very Nice Guy, David Ulin, argues that in book reviews, niceness is beside the point.
Also in the LA Times, Gayle Brandeis makes a personal journey through the literature of the Salton Sea. Author Tod Goldberg, discussed in Brandeis’ piece, is the person who first alerted me to the Salton Sea’s existence. (Both books I published of his actually have cover photography shot in the area, besides stories hauntingly set there.) Now I’m weirdly fascinated and need to make a pilgrimage someday.
And in less stellar news (that you already know): Shulamith Firestone is dead at age 67.