Greetings, Word Rioters! What an interesting past couple of weeks we’ve had. On this US-Holiday Weekend, it seems only right that I kick off this round of literary links with thoughts on freedom:
At Terrible Minds, author Karina Cooper talks about “The Silent Majority: Fear of Sexism is a Misogynist’s Best Friend.”
At The Rumpus, a great personal essay by Callie Collins: “I’ll Not Yield At This Time.”
On Twitter, Joyce Carol Oates is providing us with an example of correlation not equaling causation.
All this good press about Alissa Nutting‘s Tampa really makes me want to read it (and pet its velvety cover). Roxane Gay interviews Nutting over at The Daily Beast:
Sometimes I wonder if I actually believe in vulgarity, as a concept. Or I suppose I might believe in it too much—perhaps I have an exclusive belief in it! It seems to draw a divisive line between highbrow and lowbrow culture in a way that the term “explicitness” doesn’t. Explicitness and vulgarity are both different subsets of honesty, both very necessary. In my own definition explicitness is more technical, vulgarity more creative, but both reveal something that mainstream culture likes to keep concealed. I don’t think art can thrive in the absence of either one.
I also enjoyed Amy Lee Ball’s New York Times profile of Adulting author Kelly Williams Brown. (If you’ll forgive the name-dropping, Kelly’s quite delightful in person and an excellent dinner companion.)
Also at the Times, Joel Lovell interviews those involved in David Rakoff’s posthumously published book, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.
And here are A S Byatt‘s thoughts on Neil Gaiman‘s new book, The Ocean at The End of The Lane.
Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday was this week, and Maryann Yinn at GalleyCat has the story behind the Google Doodle in honor of him, as well as links to free downloads of The Metamorphosis and The Trial.
And speaking of classic literature, if you’re looking for graphic novel adaptations, here are a few to consider.
Craig Fehrman at The Boston Globe has an interesting article about the history of literary revision.
At HTMLGiant, Shane Jones wonders whether “Publishing in Print Literary Journals is Useless.” Somewhat predictably, lengthy debate ensues in the comments.
Should you be in the position of giving a reading, Kim Triedman has some pointers on “Serious Sex! How to Prep Your Loved Ones.”
On a somewhat related note: here’s a book that explains to children how babies are made but in a gender neutral way.
See you next time, friends.
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