Hello, Rioters. It’s been awhile (again), but I’ve still been paying attention to all the interesting bookish things out there, so let’s jump right in to the links catching my eye since we last met.
Speaking of fan fiction, some new authors have entered the public domain — though some of them are only public domain in specific countries.
In news closer to home, Word Riot Fiction Editor Kevin O’Cuinn has a story in the forthcoming Eclectica Magazine 20th Anniversary Anthology, which has a Kickstarter you can support here.
I know it’s the new year and all that, but let’s rewind just slightly so I can share some of my favorite recent-ish posts over at The Millions:
- Brian Etling‘s “Year in Reading” talks about poetry, Joan Didion, and a book “for which my expectations were too high and my disappointment now is total and all-encompassing.”
- Manjula Martin also has a good “Year in Reading” roundup, organized into five lovely categories.
- I enjoyed this interview with Garth Risk Hallberg, where he talks about how writing can be exquisite torture, though I haven’t read City on Fire yet.
- Way back when I first started writing book reviews, I was simultaneously flummoxxed and fascinated by Sven Birkerts‘ essay collection Readings. And yet, I still gobbled up Caitlyn Mackenzie‘s review of his latest, Changing the Subject: Essays on the Mediated Self.
- 6 different authors think about their childhood reading, and how it made them the writers/readers they are today.
Also at Book Riot, if you’re trying to not buy any more books for a little while, Jessica Tripler has some suggestions. Best of luck.
And here are 7 apps that may help with some of your literary resolutions, from organizing reading lists to keeping track of comics.
Submission note: “If writing about comics in the academy—and by that I mean presenting at conferences and writing in peer-reviewed journals—is what you do,” then Comics Academe wants to hear from you.
My literary crush David Mitchell has a lovely interview and advice to young writers over at Lit Hub. READY MY SWOONING COUCH.
Some other stuff I really enjoyed at Lit Hub lately:
- Colum McCann on people who live underground in New York City.
- The origin stories of 21 different indie presses, including Akashic and Future Tense.
- Lorraine Berry on “How The Literary Class System is Impoverishing Literature”
- Leslie Pietrzyk on readers’ fascination with discerning what “really happened” in fiction.
And finally, do you need a handy list of longreads by women, including queer women and women of color? Autostraddle has you sorted.
Until next time, friends.
Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know everything.
If you’re curious about what my favorite books (both new and not) in 2015 were, my list appears here.