Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bruce Jay Friedman on bathrobes and Dan Brown
AS: What’s an example of a pedestrian sentence?
BJF: I like to know what’s going on and what pop culture is once in a while, so I read The Da Vinci Code. I was reading along and I came to a sentence where the hero is in a hotel room and he dons a bathrobe. There’s no particular reason but I said, “OK, let him don a bathrobe.” It was like a king donning his raiment. Then twenty pages later he dons another bathrobe. I said, “If he dons one more fucking bathrobe I’m out of here.”
(From an interview between Amy Sorn and Bruce Jay Friedman in “Always Apprentices,” out now from The Believer)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Another least is the way it feels to be a writer, which is to be forever outside the human circle and never within it, rarely holding hands with anyone but practicing a lonely occupation which involves wheedling and lying for more company, anything for company, for an audience, a reader, someone else to say yes, this is life; yes, it takes the top of my head off.
Christine Schutt on writing, via 2Paragraphs.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Is it just me or is Slice Magazine kicking some major patooty? Look how beautiful issue #12 is. The theme is “Obsession.” I have a short story in it based on a horrid summer I spent working the 6 a.m to 1 p.m. shift at Starbucks and then walked across the strip mall to work from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at Borders. I manned/wo-manned the “Arts and Crafts” section. It was freaking depressing. Anyway, Slice magazine is awesome. Have a nice day.
To me, AWP is “Burning Man” for writers. For Tin House, I compiled a list of AWP FAQs that will tell you, among other things, what to do when confronted with a serial submitter.