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December 16, 2014      

Notes From Elsewhere: Good Essays, Call For Writers + More

Hello Rioters! Happy… Tuesday? Yeah, why not! Tuesday, December 16th seems like just as good of a day as any to celebrate, so let’s get to our first order of business for the Word Riot blog.

As charmingly old news as you may find my infrequent Notes From Elsewhere updates, it’s not entirely the Sara Show around here, and we’re looking to expand the blog.

How the blog shapes up around here will likely be an evolving process, but use the above link to either submit original content or pitch any ideas you have for ongoing posts. We’re of an indie-lit bent around here, though not averse to covering more “mainstream” authors. Local lit scenes, lists, book stuff you just enjoy talking about? Give me a shout. These posts are unpaid, alas, but we’re always open to new writers. Let’s have fun with this, and let’s have a collection of diverse voices. The first post from someone other than me goes up tomorrow.

Now, let’s take a look at a handful of lit-links catching my attention lately:

At Caught By The RiverJeb Loy Nichols talks about finally finding a prized record after twenty-five years.

Nick Baker at Panels takes a look at the surreal artwork of Jim Steranko in 1960s Marvel comics.

In other books and art news:

Here’s Flavorwire’s roundup of 2014’s “Most Beautiful and Interesting Art Books,” not that I’m sharing this because of Women in Clothes inclusion (a book in which I have contributions). *ahem*

And the New York Times has a list of their favorite book covers for the year.

Do you like a good infogaphic? Goodreads has compiled one about the reading habits of men and women in 2014. And if you’ve been on tumblr lately, you’ve probably seen this “What Kind of Reader Are You?” graphic floating around.

On Richard Blanco’s blog, I loved this post by Ely Shipley: Imaginary Metal Band: Poetry as a Way of Life.

At The AtlanticTa-Nehisi Coates talks about the longstanding race problems at The New Republic.

Perhaps it’s because my own father’s death occurred nine years ago this Christmas Eve, but I am particularly touched by Peter Orner‘s essay “Writing My Father’s Death:”

In my fiction, characters roughly based on my father haven’t had it easy. I’ve exposed family laundry that with the perfect mortality of hindsight (when you can’t change what you’ve done) I now regret. I will say this though: My father never gave me any grief about my work because he was a good and generous reader who understood the difference between nonfiction that tries to tell the truth and fiction that uses the truth to find something else. For me fiction is like holding up a mirror to life and then smashing it on the floor. Then I pick up a random piece and stare it at for days. Out of this: stories. I do the best I can with the limited gifts I’ve got. My father understood this too and, deep down, I think he knew that he — in his disguise as a fictional character — was one of those limited gifts.

And in my final bit of news: Pulitzer-winning poet Claudia Emerson has died from cancer at age 57.

Until next time, friends.

Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know anything. 

Currently reading: 

Mind Afire – The Visions of Tesla by Abigail Samoun

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

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