Posts Tagged: HTML Giant

The Rise and Fall of Alt Lit

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The Alt Lit community brought together a disparate group of writers and poets from the sorts of backgrounds often ignored by mainstream literary fiction, leveraging the Internet and building a loyal and dedicated following. Then this fall, allegations of a history of rape, sexual abuse, and misogyny within the community exploded across the Internet. Flavorwire […]

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Lit Clicks and Small Bubbles (and Long, Zany Titles)

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Did Vonnegut call it when he expressed his concerns about literature “disappearing up its own [asterisks]”? To all the postmodern articles on why postmodern articles don’t get looked at, to all the callow insecurity, the boggy, invasive, self-reflexivity, the semantic, obsessive, genre-tagging: Stop it and write. Write. Write. Like a motherfucker, write. Or if you’re […]

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Distancing Author and Narrator

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The line between fiction and non-fiction has always been blurry, but an author’s choice of genre—be it novel, memoir, or even autobiography—results in different relationships between the reader and narrator. Writing in HTMLGIANT, Art Edwards takes a closer look at these relationships and the effects that genre choice has on the narrative. That’s where the […]

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The other other Borges

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“The other one, the one called Borges, is the one who skates at the Place de la Concorde on blocks of ice.” A D Jameson at HTMLGiant satirizes Jorge Luis Borges’s short piece “Borges And I” while imagining an explanation for a poster allegedly of Borges skating around Paris in the summer. He even competes with […]

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“necktie popcorn”

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Housten Donham, at HTMLGiant, reviews Andrew Choate’s new book Stingray Clapping. While musing on the minimalist and “oddly pleasurable” pieces, Donham also comments on the current poetry scene. As a student of political poetry, he is not against poetry with purpose but seeks a less pointed approach: “At a time when so much poetry is […]

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Micropress Managing

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Rumpus contributor Roxane Gay details the ins and outs of starting a micropress based on the lessons she’s learned starting Tiny Hardcore Press. “You have to be prepared to hustle. You have to be willing to promote your book, and do readings, and plan your own events because there’s no support staff at the micropress […]

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Leigh Stein Interview

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HTML Giant has been conducting a week-long interview with Leigh Stein, author of The Fallback Plan (one of the books featured in Roxane Gay’s piece this week). Today, Stein answered questions about the novel’s jokes, and her experience writing poetry. “She’s making jokes in her head to cover up how bad it feels to be […]

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Blueprints of the Afterlife Release and Interview

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Today’s HTML Giant interview with Rumpus columnist Ryan Boudinot coincides with the official release of his new novel Blueprints of the Afterlife. Discussion veers toward the book after Boudinot reflects on the interview process and his ambivalence toward the promotional side of publishing. “Even the best reading I’ve ever done is nowhere near those moments […]

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On Revelations

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“When you write personally and intimately, difficult questions arise. Whose stories do we, as writers, have the right to tell? To what extent do we have the right to write about the people in our lives? What are the limits of good taste? Do we have to consider good taste and ethics when it comes […]

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Panic Attacks and Poetics

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HTML Giant converses with Nate Slawson about his new book Panic Attack, USA. Slawson also discusses the American sonnet, how music led him to poetry, and author readings. “And I do a lot of rocking: reading books, writing, giving readings. I never sit when I give a reading. I need to dance a little. I […]

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Borrowing, Ruining

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HTML Giant celebrates the marks we leave–and find–on borrowed things, namely library books. “I like the weird smell of library books, and the way the smell differs. I like seeing how people ruin what they borrow. I like knowing what I’m reading, this object, has been read some dozen times before. I like imagining how […]

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Personal Paper Prying

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At HTML Giant, Roxane Gay ponders our insatiable curiosity about the personal papers of famous writers, reflecting on the value of preservation versus privacy. “Somewhere, there exists a random note written on a napkin by a writer who is not yet famous but someday will be. Even farther into the future, someone will study that […]

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil Interview

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Over at HTML giant Roxane Gay interviews Aimee Nezhukumatathil, shedding light on the poet’s influences—from the natural world and family, to language, and more.  The conversation turns to her third book, Lucky Fish, and the process of assembling a collection of poetry. Nezhukumatathil on writing: “I love that moment of writing when I surprise myself, […]

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Love for Bookstores that Love Small Presses

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This massive Milwaukee bookstore is overflowing with small press publications—an awesome bookstore size-to-indie love ratio that doesn’t seem to happen as much as it should. Besides Woodland Pattern’s impressively diverse chapbook section, the bookstore is integral to the literature community in Milwaukee. You can see it with your own eyes in a series of photos […]

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Diagramming Writing

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Here is a charming author venn diagram. Authors fall into one or more of three categories: those that write from the head, the mouth, or the heart. Whether or not you agree with the choices and their placement, it might just inspire you to diagram what’s in your head when it comes to writing. Or […]

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Magazines Everywhere

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The economics of publishing a literary magazine reveal some inauspicious stats. Magazine editors have to stay crafty and constantly reinvent what it means to be innovative, just to survive. Even offering digital options as an alternative to print doesn’t guarantee any sort of sustainability. Roxane Gay is lamenting the state of the literary magazine and […]

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“Notes Toward a Suicide Letter”

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Reflecting, reminiscing, wondering, asking. Jimmy Chen’s beautifully personal essay on HTML Giant, “Notes Toward a Suicide Letter”, explores suicide from multiple standpoints. Whether writing about a loved one or Kurt Cobain or Ernest Hemingway, Chen finds a way to express the infallibility of the darkest, yet most human, feelings and thoughts.

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22 Suggestions

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HTMLGiant has 22 bits of submission-based knowledge that you can learn from/identify with, etc. No matter what your relation to submitting and publishing is, this list needs to be forwarded to the universe. This list will assuage the stress of the unknown and makes you feel better about what you’ve already found out.

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In all Seriousness

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We’ve been seeing a lot from Roxane Gay lately, on The Rumpus as well as in other literary blog realms.  Ever wondered about her writing process?  See what she has to say about writing in general, as well as about writers who seriously take themselves too seriously.

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Experimental Literature

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Dennis Cooper answers five questions on experimental literature yesterday at HTML giant. The author is asked about the body, politics, economics and race. He also suggests a hefty dose of works to check out. On the unique “use value” of experimental literature in society, Cooper says, “No other art form that I can think of […]

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Creating Your Own Drama

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Reexamining Romeo and Juliet is realizing that you, as a reader, are part of the drama. This HTML giant essay considers how we complicate our lives and thereby, create a much more romantic conception of ourselves. “[We] create our own tales of woe just to feel a little more alive. Like Romeo and Juliet, we […]

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