Thursday, July 29, 2010
What: Vermin on the Mount Reading in Downtown San Diego
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31, 8 - 11 p.m.
Where: Sushi Performance and Visual Arts, 390 11th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
The night will feature a stellar lineup of writers, including Aaron Burch, Lisa Fugard, Jess Jollett, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Enrique Limón and Adam Novy.
More info here.
I'm planning on drinking at The Field, a great Irish bar, beforehand.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Don DeLillo, from a Paris Review interview
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This one is called "What I Say to Myself." It's in the latest issue of You Must Be This Tall to Ride.
Edited by BJ Hollars, the site focuses on coming-of-age stories and is a continuation of this anthology.
The new issue also features work by Cyn Kitchen, Kate Flaherty, William Lusk Coppage and Chris Wiewiori.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Here's how it begins:
"There is a husband across the hall who looks at me. Two doors down, to the left, opposite side, near the emergency exit, with a wife I never see, yet I know she exists because there have been periodic sightings over the years, like the sightings of a rare, delicate, beautifully named bird."
Like all the stories I've been writing lately, this one is pretty short.
The issue also features commentary by Randall Brown.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
“A good [short story] collection has a deep coherence buried inside. I think the way one story plays off another, the way a collection adds up to a single vision is a deeply complex thing, one that hasn’t been addressed enough in criticism. I’m a big fan of original collections. I love the way the stories line up in a book like Hemingway’s In Our Time, or George Saunders’ Pastoralia, or Christine Schutt’s Nightwork. You feel a small thread weaving through them, almost invisible, maybe simply a thread made of the fact that they all have some deeply complex nuanced style and a concern passing from one story to the next. As a reader, you’re moved from one completely individual unit to the next, and you know that they’re not linked and that they can stand on their own, but you still have a kind of sense, in the end, that you’ve been through an experience that comes from the complete entity. (I’ve said this before, but it’s akin to listening to something like Radiohead’s OK Computer, or, better yet, Bach’s French Suites.)”
David Means, from an interview with Tom Barbash
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Jeffrey Eugenides, from an interview with his editor, Jonathan Galassi
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
And I'll be one of the night's readers, along with Aaron Burch, Lisa Fugard, Jess Jollett, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Enrique Limón and Adam Novy.
The reading will get started at 8 p.m. and will happen at Sushi Performance & Visual Art in downtown San Diego's East Village (390 Eleventh Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101).
More details here.
Should be a great night.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Are book trailers becoming a standard part of a book's PR campaign?
Sure seems like it.
Here are two that have been getting some attention as of late...
Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story (w/ cameos by Jeffrey Eugenides, Mary Gaitskill, James Franco and more):