Happy Friday, Word Rioters! I have so many links to share with you all, so many things that struck my fancy over the past 2 weeks. Last weekend I was camping for the first time in… I don’t know how long. At least a decade. Clearly, I survived, so let’s get to it:
Speaking of Shakespeare (*points to image over there*), next year, the Globe Theatre plans on performing “Hamlet” in every nation on Earth, in celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday.
And speaking of illustrated classics: Here’s that time Edward Gorey illustrated Dracula.
I loved this essay by Rebecca Steinitz: on not having a sense of smell and learning about smells through books.
This essay is a few months old, but I kept meaning to share it: Chloe Caldwell asks, “Do We All Just Want To Crawl In Bed With Our Moms?”
Also, I liked this interview from March at The Rumpus: Rock Out With Your Book Out #1, in which Dani Burlison interviews musician Jolie Holland. I love the intersection of music and books, so of course I was all over this.
At Electric Literature’s The Outlet, Julia Jackson interviews Justin Hudnall, founder of So Say We All, a storytelling non-profit based out of San Diego. I highly support any organization that realizes that you don’t need to live in a “literary hub” in order to do what you want. (Bonus points for the Battlestar Galactica reference.)
Here’s a great essay from Jen See over at The Toast: “On the Bike.”
If you’ve ever wondered how Wolverine’s claws work, Professor E. Paul Zehr has the info, over at Warren Ellis’ blog.
You’ve heard that there’s a Calvin and Hobbes documentary coming out, right? *excited noises*
Here be some prize/contributor/submission news:
- The deadline for The Lit Pub’s annual prose contest has been extended to August 31st.
- Sean Lovelace is the judge for this year’s NANO Fiction Prize, and here’s an interview with him about what strikes his fancy.
- David Abrams‘ The Quivering Pen is looking for contributors.
If you need some inspiration, Jessica Kluthe has some ideas for writing about place.
Also, if you are annoyed by straight, white guys who say literature is dead, go write something awesome and feel you’ve done a bit more to prove that notion wrong.
Related? Blake Morrison at The Guardian asks: “Why do writers drink?” (This one says: Because gin is delicious. However, it’s not particularly useful for my writing.)
Don’t fret over your drunkenness! There’s hope for you yet! Here’s Joyce Carol Oates with some writing tips. Worth a look.
Oh, fine, one more Brain Pickings link: Did you know that Sylvia Plath wrote a children’s book?
I enjoyed this interview with lit agent Nicole Arigi.
Roxane Gay has some advice on online presence for writers. It’s valuable stuff, so go read it.
And Karen Karbo has a great post on flattery and criticism: “[T]he best approach to publishing a book is the same one you employ during a blood draw: look away and hope for the best.”
And finally, how about some Mixtape* Etiquette? Yes? Yes.
*yes I said tape. I MISS CASSETTE MIXES, AND I AM AT PEACE WITH MY DINORIFIC-NESS.
See you next time!