This past weekend I found myself in suburbia, bored, and somehow lured into the flashing lights of the all too familiar corporate bookstore. I like to read, I like books, I like other people who like books, so why not? I browsed the new releases and best sellers strategically placed two feet from the […]Read More Is the corporate bookstore ruining American literature?
Even though the eager tween/teen audience of Cathy’s Book were just seeking what is, I’m sure, a moving and well-written piece of literature, they got a little extra bang for their buck. The authors, Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman, included product placement for CoverGirl cosmetics, so girls can read about the protagonist with her “killer […]Read More This Space for Rent
J. K. Rowling is set to appear in American court in order to guard her copyright on the Harry Potter series. Love the series or hate it, the issue does not concern the seven-volume set specifically. Rather, it concerns a Harry Potter encyclopedia – one intended and the other, reportedly 400 pages, already written. RDR […]Read More J.K. Rowling and the Lexicon Lawsuit
In preparation for making my own chapbook-length collection of poems, I have been reading chapbooks online and in print. Chapbooks are a rather provocative receptacle for poetry: they have a more DIY (read: indie) look to them and are often innovative in design: some fold out, some are tucked into neat little envelopes, […]Read More The Chapbook Aesthetic
In response to several publications slandering the MFA and the “intellectual ghetto” it supposedly creates: What poor, bedraggled, gin-loving, stubble-sporting writer would not balk at the professionalization of their precious creative endeavor? You may read here, here, and here that MFAs are a big waste of time and money because teaching creative writing is “impossible,” […]Read More Is the MFA a crock of poo?
This article comes from the poets & writers website, I actually found it through Silliman’s blog (http://ronsilliman.blogspot.com/). A quick plug for Silliman. Though Silliman doesn’t really fit into the class in terms of reviewing, his blog does offer some interesting questions on a realtively daily basis. He also has a lot of sections where he […]Read More wow. and you thought I thought workshops were bad ideas!
Those cookbooks that promise you can make meals in fewer than 30 minutes sure look nice, but they won’t teach anyone anything about cooking, and even less about writing. In a time when Americans are rarely cooking and reading even less, is there a way that someone can curl up on the couch with a […]Read More The literary cookbook?