Greetings, Word Rioters! We have another jumbo-sized Notes From Elsewhere this week because last weekend I was busy turning 30. Now that Birthday Business is finished, I am back with literary riches for your (hopefully air-conditioned) perusal.
Here’s Alex Park interviewing essayist/journalist Richard Rodriguez at The Believer. It’s a great conversation about the value of literature, education, and different immigrant experiences.
Speaking of The Believer, if you really, really love your dog and have an unusual story, John Bowe would like to talk to you.
I also really loved this essay from Liz Sheid at The Rumpus: “The End of The World As We Know It.” Involves love, loss, and an obsession with Pluto.
And ohmygod these typewriter-portraits, by Scarlett McCalman. Beautiful.
Also, Radiohead songs transformed into books, anyone?
Here’s a poem by by Clementine von Radics that I really enjoyed: “Want.”
How about some lists?
- Jen Doll‘s “25 Books to Beach-Read This Summer” at Vulture.
- Adam Moerder‘s “16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained by Disney” at Buzzfeed.
- Freelancing resources at Merxaus.
- The Most Abandoned Books List at GalleyCat.
- Jason Diamond‘s “Indie Publishers and Their Indie Record Label Equivalents” at Flavorwire. (I wonder what Word Riot would be? Kill Rock Stars?)
And now into the world of writerly advice/perspective…
Julianna Baggott says, “Sold Your Debut? Congrats! Now, Come Here.” Good stuff.
At The Toast, literary agent Ginger Clark answers your questions in an ongoing column.
Here’s Natasha Badhwar on “Why I Write The Story of Me.”
At The Atlantic, Hugo Schwyzer talks about “The Real-World Consequences of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Cliché,” which I think translates into how we might write about certain characters.
Now onto cashmoneyz…
The Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest will be accepting submissions from August 15th until November 1st, 2013. The Prize includes $1500 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press.
And did you know that, if you live in certain cities, Poets & Writers has grants for readings and workshops?
Graywolf Press wants you to name a cocktail. (Relative-)Fame and free books await!
Finally, let’s end with something funny-yet-awesome: Erin Faulk on How to Track Down Matt Damon in a Foreign Country.
High-fives all around. Until next time!
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