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Blog | February 17, 2016

Notes From Elsewhere: Rumpus Highlights, Craft Thoughts + More

Check out these rad 19th century book-art pages.

Hello again, Rioters! Time again to look at books, essays, and craft notes that have caught my eye.

I feel like I haven’t done a really solid “Here’s some great stuff from The Rumpus” roundup in awhile. Let’s take a look at those starred items:

The Rumpus Interview with Margo Jefferson (author of Negroland)  by Dylan Foley “The Displeasure of the Table” by Toni Nealie, a wonderful essay about the close, tumultuous relationship we have with food, and the nostalgia involved. The Rumpus Interview with Sandra and Ben Doller by Maria Anderson — I admit the mention of Bozeman,

Blog | December 16, 2014

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

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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

Blog | August 2, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: First August Friday Edition

“As a lover of exquisitely crafted books, papercraft, and book art, and a longtime fan of artist Kevin Stanton’s superb cut-paper illustration, I was instantly taken with this lavish edition of Macbeth, featuring Stanton’s intricate masterpieces of layered laser-cut color paper.” (See more at Brain Pickings.)

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:

Blog | July 19, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Contests! Lists! Advice! Oh My!

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.

First up, Word Riot author Robin Kalanich (“A Man Needs,” Jan. 2011) has a new book out, a collection of short stories called Cutting Your Losses. Right now, it’s only 99 cents on Amazon.

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,

Blog | July 5, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Holiday Weekend Edition

Now THIS is how you do an annual report. (Click through for the rest of this excellent book art.)

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

Blog | June 28, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Happy Summer Edition

Jess Walter, 2009: “Technically, I haven’t held a job since 1994. This does not make me unique in Spokane.”

Greetings and salutations, Word Rioters. Happy Summer to you all. May your drinks be frosty, may your food be grilled, and may your reading material be satisfying. Here are the literary things that have caught my eye lately:

Jami Attenberg had a guest blogging stint at Powell’s last week, and my favorite post was this one on sharing works in progress.

At LitReactor, Richard Thomas has a pretty great list of 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major

Blog | June 15, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Beautiful Saturday Edition

Highbrow Kitties: Flavorwire’s 10 Great Books Starring Cats

Greetings, Word Rioters. How lovely to see you again. Let’s get right into the reading material that caught my eye this week, shall we?

After Maureen Johnson recently made news by bringing attention to the subject, The Guardian is also contemplating the effects that gendered covers have on readers.

I enjoyed this interview with B.J. Hollars by Jill Talbot, over at TriQuarterly.

Here’s Judy Blume talking about working with her son and adapting Tiger Eyes to film.

If you haven’t already heard: Iain Banks has died.

An interesting project: A woodcarving

Blog | June 7, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Super Friday Edition

Holy crap, look at this sculpture-binding by Richard Tuttle for Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” If you’ve got $1,295, it’s yours.

Happy June and Happy Friday, poodles. It is time once again to send you off into your weekend with some reading material. Lots of good stuff this week:

I really enjoyed this Rumpus interview by Brian McGinn with Joshuah Bearman. Bearman’s 2007 Wired article “The Great Escape” was the inspiration for the recent film Argo.

Mel Flashman‘s essay about various writing life fantasies is really, really good: “I couldn’t just stay poised to do something forever.”

I don’t know what my

Blog | May 3, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Jumbo-Sized Edition

via Wil Wheaton (@wilw) “@TheBloggess look what I just saw in the airport! (Sorry about your neighbors.)”

Since it’s been awhile (okay, a long while), we have lots and lots of newsy bits to cover, and a fair amount of Word Riot Author News. Let’s get right to it.

Mel Bosworth, whose short story “Sunderland, Massachusetts” appeared here February 2012, has a new site reviewing small press titles, appropriately called The Small Press Book Review. 

Oblong Magazine has recently featured the work of  WR Fiction Editor Kevin O’Cuinn, with his story “Telescopia” in Issue II. Past Word Rioters Len Kuntz

Blog | March 15, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Almost Like a Regular Friday Edition

Handmade wooden journal by Tanja Sova.

Greetings, everyone. Happy Friday. I’m thinking about book arts a lot more lately, probably because the mister and I will soon be hand-sewing some poetry chapbooks with work by Saif Alsaegh.

Like this rainbow of Penguin book covers.

Designing a creative travel journal: I travel a fair amount, 2-3 trips somewhere per year. I should get in the habit of doing something like this.

You know you want to create your own pulp fiction cover.

Here are some words to use more often (or just smugly tell everyone that we already do, thanksverymuch).

This is amazing: click

Blog | February 1, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Friday Edition

What. Look at those cool books made from old bingo cards. I wish I had one. See more details on how they were made over at Erinzam News. Also by Erinzam? This book made out of an egg carton.

Other fantastic book arts: Nomi’s Little Art Blog has a bed made out of a book, and I like it a lot.

Here’s a Letter to the Editor that is awesome and not worrisome. Also, bonus David Tennant .GIF goodness.

30 Rock ended last night. Dry thy tears, and read Jen Chaney‘s examination of Tina Fey’s legacy for lady-writers and women

Blog | January 28, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Monday Edition

Because I’ve been negligent once more with updating here and because I’ve amassed a pile of good links in that time, we’re going to do things a little bit differently this week. How about M-W-F Editions of Notes From Elsewhere? Yes, that sounds good.

How about we pretend that I waited this long just so I could give you a bunch of Richard Blanco-related links? The Inaugural Poet has charmed the pants off everyone with his lovely tribute to the immigrant experience in America, “One Today.” GalleyCat has the video of his inaugural reading, plus other places where you can

Blog | December 22, 2012

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Edition

Greetings, Word Rioters. How about some reading material for this weekend lead-up to Christmas? Or maybe you’ll see this after, while playing with that shiny new tablet someone was kind enough to buy you? Whatever the circumstance, let us see what’s been catching my eye in the literary corners of the internet.

Some more ‘Best Of’ lists: The Irish Times “asks writers, poets, historians, comedians, politicians, broadcasters, an editor and a bookshop owner” to list their favorites and Flavorwire lists “25 Notable Books Unfairly Looked Over by The New York Times.” (I’d like to read that Beth Ditto memoir, among many others on their list.)

Blog | November 11, 2012

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Edition

Greetings, mis revoltosos palabras. How are we on this fine-yet-chilly weekend? Would you like some reading material? Of course you do.

In Word Riot author news, Cameron Pierce has a new book out with Eraserhead Press, Die You Doughnut Bastards. It features a story that originally published here last year, “Moop and the Woggle.”

Pierce writes a lot of bizarro fiction, and while this isn’t exactly “bizarre,” I find these “houses” in Leinster Gardens, London, a very interesting example of “things not always being what they seem.”

So, the election has finally come and gone, and with it, we now have

Blog | November 3, 2012

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Edition

Hello my lovely Word Rioters! We have a somewhat jumbo-sized literary link roundup this afternoon because I was away last week. AKA… That time I met Noel Gallagher. Indulge me, for I must continue to tell all available humans that it happened.

In other Word Riot Author News, Bradley Sands has a new book out, TV Snorted My Brain, which you should probably look into based on the title alone. Sands writes absurdist fiction and his story, “A House,” appeared here last year.

If you are among the many experiencing damage due to Hurricane Sandy, Melville House has some tips on