Get rid of cliched placeholders for better, truer writing. Source: Literary Lexicon: What’s A Dying Metaphor? – Chris Cocca
I'm reading Lawrence, Hemingway and Anderson. Tonight, I will read a few chapters in the Sun Also Rises and perhaps a little more of St. Mawr. I'm also reading The Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski. You're going to want to check that out. Full disclosure: I get a small … Continue reading Tonight’s Reading Plan: Lawrence and Lebowski
Literature Map says: What else do readers of [any other famous author] read? The closer two writers are, the more likely someone will like both of them. Click on any name to travel along. Did it map you right?
Sundry notes of the literary type ahead. I got a rejection letter from PANK today. Fine. The address it came from? firstname.lastname@example.org. Hilarious! Dinty W. Moore, the intrepid editor behind Brevity, shared a link to this piece from The Missouri Review today via Twitter. From "Why Literary Journals Charge Online Submission Fees" : One of … Continue reading PANK’s Sense of Humor, The Missouri Review’s Argument For Online Submission Fees
This lets you know right away that the rest of the email is not about your Pushcart nomination. After the obligatory "Dear Author/Writer/Word Processing Chimpanzee," the very first word of the first sentence should be "unfortunately." This saves writers from having to scan the rest of the text for the word. … Continue reading How All Literary Rejection Letters Should Start
Flavorwire has a list of the 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults in History up today. Two of the first three don't feel like insults at all: Wouldn't you love to be called a "large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon" by RLS? I for sure would. Nietzsche's … Continue reading Stevenson on Whitman, Nietzsche on Dante and The Family Circus
I came across Brautigan's story on Flickr. It made me think right away of Chad VanGaalen's beautiful song. Begging your pardon as I channel my inner teaching assistant: What do you make of this juxtaposition? Different crafts and media, both discovered and shared on the internet, both hewn here in bits of data and binary … Continue reading Electric Juxtapostion: “I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone” and “City of Electric Light” by Richard Brautigan and Chad VanGaalen