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May 25, 2012      

Notes From Elsewhere: A Word Riot Roundup

(Notes From Elsewhere is a roundup of various literary things compiled by Sara Habein, along with news from past Word Riot authors. She makes no claims at being terribly current or the first to know anything, but hopefully you will find something interesting here.)

This week in Ridiculousness: You probably heard about Esquire deciding that they will publish an e-book of “men’s fiction” and that it will be “plot-driven and exciting, where one thing happens after another. And also at the same time, dealing with passages in a man’s life that seem common.”

Right. Because those poor menfolk are so ignored. Rather than rant at you all, I’ll just link to Jami Attenberg‘s response: “It’s a good thing we lady writers are busy writing books that are boring, and where nothing happens…”

This week in Delightfully Bizarre: @NotTildaSwinton is basically the best thing on Twitter right now.

Give up your lunch today. Instead, cover your flesh in fresh molasses and sit in the sun. Nurture the indulgences of birds, insects-provide.

This week in Love: Isaac Fitzgerald talks about San Francisco.

This week in New Reading Material: Electric Literature has officially launched Recommended Reading. This week, we have  “Watching Mysteries with My Mother” by Ben Marcus.

This week in Wise Words: If you haven’t already caught Neil Gaiman‘s commencement address at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Brain Pickings has the video and a roundup of highlights:

Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — and in life, and in love, and in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways in which life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid, or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art

(PS: Gaiman never even enrolled in college, so don’t let anyone tell you that you must have an MFA to do anything worthwhile.)

File this away for Future Use: At Beyond the Margins, Nichole Bernier talks about being two weeks away from her pub date, and “the 17 Things I’m Glad I Did, or Wished I Had.” For one thing, get used to talking about yourself and your process.

File this away for When the Kids are Bored: Here are 9 different types of book-making projects for kids (or crafty adults).

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