February 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm (Filipino Writers, Links, Recommended, Sundays, Surprises, Traveling, Women Writers, Writing)
Tags: AWP, deadlines, discoveries, Events, Hotel Amerika, Just published, Literary Magazines, Seattle, short pieces, Sundays, trans, travel, websites, writing conferences, yoga
Self has been reading Eunoia Review for several years now.
She loves the writing. They publish poetry (beautiful poetry) and a kind of prose self considers “TransGenre.” Fits right up her alley. Ever since self heard the word “TransGenre,” a few years back (Hotel Amerika featured her piece “Ghosts” in their TransGenre issue, and gave a name to the kind of short short stuff self had just begun writing), she loves the word. TransGenre: not sure if you need to capitalize the “G.”
Which reminds her: She has to look and see if Hotel Amerika is at the AWP Book Fair!
She didn’t know anything about the editor, Ian Chung, until he sent her a message yesterday, saying the two pieces he’d accepted for the review were going live this week.
That’s when she decided to google him and found out that he edits the review from Singapore!
She wants to make sure she puts this announcement in before heading to the craziness of the AWP annual conference, this year being held in Seattle.
Self’s head is about to explode. She got a message from PANK late last night, and then just remembered she hadn’t yet submitted her signed author contract to Philippine Speculative Fiction vol. 9, and it’s due Mar. 1.
Panic attack! Nice panic attack, though.
This morning, she decided that the best thing for her to calm down would be to take a yoga class, and lo and behold, she got to Peacebank in downtown Redwood City, five minutes early, but after she checked in, there was no space. Wall to wall yoga mats, and no one wanted to budge even a few inches to give her a chance to squeeze in. Stone-faced, all!
The two people manning the check-in desk looked so impatient when self said there was no space. They said, maybe you can ask someone to move? Are you kidding? Did you see the grim-faced visage of everyone in the class when they saw self stumble in, clue-less and panting?
Which meant: good-by, yoga class! Au revoir! Till we meet again! Whenever or wherever!
In the meantime, self almost forgot: the link to Eunoia Review!
Here it is, dear blog readers. Enjoy.
January 12, 2014 at 2:22 am (Books)
Tags: Chang-rae Lee, complaints, decisions, Just published, reviews, Saturdays, science fiction, The NYTBR
Self still has a huge backlog of NYTBR issues to go through. She pulled them out of her hopelessly muddled “Pile of Stuff” and started to go through them. The very first one she started to read was the January 5, 2014 issue.
Front page review of Chang-rae Lee’s science fiction novel, On Such a Full Sea.
Watching a talented writer take a risk is one of the pleasures of devoted reading, and On Such a Full Sea provides all that and more. It’s a wonderful addition not only to Chang-rae Lee’s body of work but to the ranks of “serious” writers venturing into the realm of dystopian fantasy.
Lost self at “dystopian,” everyone’s favorite catch-all one-word description for the Apocalyptic Future, now swarming the world on hundreds of reviews of the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
November 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm (Artists and Writers, Lists, Recommended, Women Writers, Writing)
Tags: Asian American Writers, Just published, lists, Literary Magazines, memoirs, poetry, short pieces, websites
Waccamaw No. 12 (Fall 2013 issue) went live about two weeks ago, but self was so overwhelmed with the typhoon disaster in the Philippines that she couldn’t focus.
Self’s story, “Bridging,” which she began last year while doing a residency in Hawthornden, is one of the current issue’s fiction pieces. The other stories are “Vostok vs. Belmont,” by Ned Balbo; “Liner Notes,” by Matthew Fiander; “In a Far Country,” by Khanh Ha; and “Fireworks,” by Charles Israel, Jr.
The nonfiction features “Glass House: The First Moment of Her Leaving,” by Hannah de la Cruz Abrams; “On Needing,” by Erin Grauel; “Halloween Glossary, D-H,” by Tom McAllister; “Corrida de Toros,” by Lane Osborne; and “Notes on Being a Mistress,” by Cynthia Schoch.
The poetry features “You Were Made for This Part,” by Paul Allen; “Priority Seating for People With Disabilities and Seniors,” by Agatha Beins; “Still Breathing,” by Jo Brachman; “In Vineland,” by Mark J. Brewin, Jr.; “Lottie” and “Pepsi” by Nickole Brown; “Operation I” by Michelle Chan Brown; “Apples or Waffles,” by Kathy Didden; “O Mary Lou” by Anthony DiMatteo; “My Lips Are Made of Wax, My Teeth are Furry Blades, and Other Lies,” by Karla Huston; “All That Happened,” by Donald Illich; “Faultline,” by Elizabeth W. Jackson; “Sometimes Winter Comes When You Least Expect It” and “The Bright Forever” by Terry L. Kennedy; “Entreaty” by Keetje Kuipers; “The Third Egg” by Diane Lockward; “Icarus at Lake Acworth” by Christopher Martin; “Crossing Peachtree” by Thorpe Moeckel; “Roadkill” and “The Astronaut” by Alan Michael Parker; and “Improvisation on Newsprint” and “Window Box” by Mike Smith.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
November 8, 2013 at 12:37 am (Books, Lists, Recommended, short story collections, Women Writers)
Tags: advice, essays, humor, interviews, Just published, lists, novel, reviews, San Francisco, short story collections, The NYTBR
The Pile of Stuff is humongous! Actually humongous!
There are issues of The New York Times Book Review dating as far back as September!
But self cannot bring herself to end her subscription, which she’s kept up for over a decade.
Anyhoo, she is as usual very short on time, so she does a quick browse-through of aforementioned issue of the NYTBR, and is so excited to discover (from reading the “By the Book” interview with Richard Dawkins) that he recommends a book called Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, because self absolutely needs to have guidance in this area. And Dawkins recommends another book that self thinks would really help her in her social interactions: Avoid Boring People, by the eminent Nobel-Prizewinning molecular biologist James D. Watson.
Dawkins also mentions that he has not interest in reading Pride and Prejudice because “I can’t get excited about who is going to marry whom, and how rich they are.” But self IS greatly interested in the topic, so she adds Pride and Prejudice to her reading list (She read it decades ago; it’s definitely time for a re-read!)
This issue of The NYTBR also has a funny story about Gary Kamiya, and it turns out he is a pack rat, just like self. His new book has a fabulous title: Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco.
This issue’s Fabulous Author Photo (There’s always at least one, in every issue) belongs to Chinelo Okparanta. Kudos for not only having a Fabulous Author Photo, but for actually being exotic, Ms. Okparanta! She migrated to America from Nigeria at the age of 10, and the first part of her book, Happiness, Like Water: Stories — the “more powerful” part, according to reviewer Ligaya Mishan — is set in Nigeria.
There is also another fabulously titled book: an essay collection called Sister Mother Husband Dog (Etc.) by one of the fabulous Ephrons (Nora passed away recently, but thank goodness she had writing offspring like Delia Ephron to perpetuate the legacy).
At the very back of the issue is a section called “The Shortlist,” and here are four International Thrillers, which includes The Kill List, Frederick Forsyth’s latest, and Masaryk Station, which sounds like it ought to be by Martin Cruz Smith but is actually written by David Downing.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
October 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm (anthologies, Artists and Writers, Books, Memoirs, Recommended, Sundays)
Tags: Asian American Writers, Just published, memoirs, poetry, Sundays, World War II
Brian teaches in the Asian Pacific American Program at the University of San Francisco. He edited the anthology Making Home From War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday Books, 2011). Topaz is his first published poetry collection.
Every war begins somewhere. The boundaries
are me: my face, smile, language, my job. No matter what I did
your father thought I was crossing him. Between
your apartment and mine, we stood a breath
apart, your mouth a border shutting out
gentler words. I grabbed you by the T-shirt
like a bag of rice, you pushed me back, a ball of heat
enveloping us. When a forest ignites, balding the hills,
who lit the match, who flung it into the bed
of pine needles? Out the accusations came, armed
Apologies, dear blog readers, but self can go no further. This is the first third of the poem. Buy Brian’s book! The publisher is Four Way Books.
September 30, 2013 at 4:05 am (Books, Recommended, Women Writers)
Tags: Events, Just published, novel, Stanford
Valerie Miner, the current Artist in Residence at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, will be featured at the Fall Artist’s Salon, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way, on the Stanford University campus.
Copies of Ms. Miner’s latest novel, Traveling with Spirits, will be available at the event. Light refreshments will be served.
The event is free and open to the public.
About the Author:
Valerie Miner is the author of fourteen books and co-author of four others. She has won multiple fellowships and awards. She is the current artist-in-residence at the Clayman Institute, and teaches at Stanford in both the Feminist Studies Program and the English Department.
More information about the event can be found at gender.stanford.edu
September 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm (Books, Links, Lists, Recommended)
Tags: book lists, Just published, lists, mysteries, novel, reading lists, reviews, Wall Street Journal
- Daniel Woodrell is an Ozarks’ based writer whose novels are very very noir. Self plans to tackle the following of his books: Winter’s Bone (made into a crackling good movie starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Bayou Trilogy, and his latest, The Maid’s Version.
- Self also wants to read Bitter River, a new mystery set in a “hard-times small town” called Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. It’s the second book in a series by Julia Keller.
- And she REALLY wants to read a new book about the Rolling Stones, Rocks Off, by Bill Janovitz.
- One of self’s favorite sections of the Wall Street Journal book review is the “Five Best” feature, which asks a celebrated writer to name five favorite books on a certain theme. This week’s theme was “treason and betrayal” and the respondent was Allan Massie. Here are three of the five books on his list: The Meaning of Treason, by Rebecca West (published 1949); Whittaker Chambers, by Sam Tanenhaus (published 1997); and The Dark of Summer, by Eric Linklater (published 1956)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
August 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm (Books, Links, Recommended)
Tags: Holocaust, Just published, nonfiction, reviews, short story, teaching, The NYTBR, war literature
The review of Dossier K., Imre Kertesz’s latest book and his first nonfiction, is by Martin Riker, an English professor at Washington University in St. Louis. His review begins:
Two of the great pessimistic proclamations of 20th-century literature – Adorno’s “To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric” and Beckett’s “I can’t go on, I’ll go on” – have at least one thing in common. They both address the inadequacy of language to articulate reality.
At the end Read the rest of this entry »
August 28, 2013 at 1:26 am (Artists and Writers, Women Writers)
Tags: advice, documentaries, inspirations, Just published, novel, reviews, summer, The NYTBR
It’s been a while since self has quoted anything from the grand, old New York Times Book Review. These days, she tends to quote more from The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
But — hello? Will wonders never cease? Here she is, at the tail end of summer, ready to quote from The New York Times Book Review of Sunday, 11 August 2013.
The quote is from documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (He made The Thin Blue Line), and it comes to us courtesy of Tania James, in her review of Nikita Lalwani’s “powerful second novel,” The Village.
Morris, according to Ms. James, calls “the claims of cinéma vérité – the style of documentary that privileges direct and unobtrusive observation — ‘spurious.’ “
She quotes Morris saying: “Style does not guarantee truth. The use of available light and a handheld camera does not mean that what you are doing is any more truthful than anything else. Truth is a pursuit, it’s a quest.”
You’re so right, Errol! She’ll be using your quote in her future creative writing classes, for sure!
August 22, 2013 at 4:14 am (Books)
Tags: Just published, nonfiction, reviews, summer, Wall Street Journal
From the Bookshelf column by Marc Levinson, self learns that 179 years ago this month, in August 1834, Richard Henry Dana, “a Harvard man from a prosperous New England family,” Read the rest of this entry »