What would Joyce Carol Oates ask Joyce Carol Oates?
Teach old dogs new tricks, literally. Prize creative collaboration. And eat fewer cheeseburgers.
Interviewed by Allison Linville
Raptosh: “I wanted the book to be an ambassador for poetry’s role in relation to the larger social, cultural and political issues of our time. The role of the poet, in this age of rampant, well organized, and unabashed disinformation campaigns, is perhaps more important now than ever.”
This book does not so much progress in any chronological sense as much as it recycles and relives. Much like the treatment offered Dentz, door is not a progression but a web.
At The New York Times, David Streitfeld profiles a few online businesses that track e-reader data, from Amazon and Barnes & Noble down to Scribd and Oyster. One of the article’s focuses? How authors might use such data to inform their writing decisions.
“The letter E was born in the late 8th century BC in Athens, Greece,” writes Joshua David Stein in his obituary for the fifth letter of the alphabet. Pay your respects, writers.
What Christmas special is George Saunders likely watching? “I used to love those Charlie Brown specials…I think if you are writing about life in our time, one way you can tell that story is that there are a bunch of people in our country desperately trying not to be forced down into that territory of humiliation.”
“My soul is a windowless facade.” In a Poetry Fundation article about C.S. Lewis’ ill-fated poetry efforts, Laura Mallonee writes that Lewis and friends once tried to prank T.S. Eliot with a mock-Modernist poem.
“My desk chair faces one of my favorite Christmas presents of all time: an 11 foot by 4 foot print of the downtown Peoria skyline that was salvaged from a garbage heap inside the old Peoria airport”
Moore’s suggestions for what was eventually named the Ford Edsel included the Ford Silver Sword, Hurricane Hirundo, the Resilient Bullet, the Ford Fabergé, Mongoose Civique, and Turcotinga