Lit-Link Round-up


Have you heard about the American Writers Museum?

The Little Village That Could: New Mexico’s Madrid (home of Rumpus alum Emily Rapp) rallies after a serious flood.

Patrick O’Neil leaves his sex buddy hanging…uh…literally, over at The Weeklings.

The Rise of Litcrawl, in the NYTimes.

Winner of the Hudson Prize.

Not an AWP kind of guy/gal, but want to get away this February and do something literary?  The San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference has had guests like Cheryl Strayed and Luis Urrea—check it out.

National Book Awards longlist. Some brilliant writers, but only one small press title. Sigh. Maybe there’s just no-win to this prize thing…

Greg Olear speculates on the end of Breaking Bad, bitches.

Zoe Zolbrod just turned me on to the essays of Lad Tobin.

I have a real thing for Louis CK.  He’s not always right, but he’s always so achingly smart. Here he is on how smart phones can “make kids mean.” And here, five years ago, is another Conan clip, in which he talks about the jaded malaise of our culture to astounding technological gifts.

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 →