Lit-Link Round-up


Today we have an interview with Emily Rapp. Here, too, for Mother’s Day, is Emily’s “This Mother’s Day, I Am No Longer a Mother.”

Congrats to one of the most generous writers I know, Caroline Leavitt, whose novel Is This Tomorrow came out Tuesday.

David Foster Wallace’s wise and moving “This Is Water” speech is made into a “short film” (almost a music video), and I have the urge to send it to everyone I know.

A fascinating analysis of The Great Gatsby (yes, the novel, not the latest trendy film version) by an obsessed nay-sayer.

Last week I mentioned Gloria Harrison’s appearance on This American Life. Hear it.

The poet Mary Biddinger’s second book, O Holy Insurgency, is out from Black Lawrence Press.

This book trailer for David Gilbert’s & Sons is not just unique and compelling, it’s really funny.

Noticed the difference between book covers of books by women and books by men? Well, so has the Huffington Post. The chuckles are because it’s so ridiculously true. I have some recent personal experience with this, and it seems so does nearly every other woman writer I encounter…

Gayle Brandeis’ Artbound piece on Rob Roberge could get him turned into a documentary if you go vote.

Anna March is on fire. Here on sexism, racism, and Hillary Clinton. And here, although the title is a little misleading, is the racy “The Woman Whose Partner is in a Wheelchair.”

Mag Gabbert’s new one at The Nervous Breakdown made me tear up at a communal table surrounded by charcuterie and will teach me to read off my iPhone in public.

Today is the last day of this luminous exhibition, Picasso and Chicago.

And we’re in our final weeks of enrollment to come write with Other Voices in Mexico from July 5-14.

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction and a forthcoming memoir, Blow Your House Down. Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Netflix as a series produced by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including UIC, Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. More from this author →