Call for Submissions: “Finding God” Anthology (Updated 19 March 2008)

This is the updated call for submissions of creative nonfiction for an anthology tentatively titled, FINDING GOD. The book will be co-edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and Marily Ysip Orosa and published in the Philippines by Anvil. Contributors will receive copies of the book as compensation for the use of their work.

The manuscript should be approximately 10 pages long, typed, double-spaced (approximately 2,500 words) and should include your contact information on the first page. This can be emailed to or to

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Economy Tanking: Time for NYTBR 2 March 2008

Swear to God, now that the economy is supposedly tanking, the calls from solicitors are pouring in, night and day. It used to be that self could always tell if a call was from a solicitor because the area code showed 866 or 800 or 888, but now the calls show up as “Unknown Caller” (which is also the way calls from the Philippines appear) or “Blocked Caller” which is also the way some calls from the schools where self teaches appear. And as the economic news gets worse, such is the desperation of these people trying to sell cars/ ink toner/ trust funds/ legal services, what-have-you, that the phone never stops ringing, night and day. Sometimes self switches off the ringer. And, true to Murphy’s Law, self misses a call from son.

Today, just to make herself feel better (because weather is so cold and gloomy), self went to Whole Foods and paid $22.99 for an itty-bitty cheesecake, barely six inches in circumference. This after spending the whole morning lecturing her class on the “evils” of wanting organic food that is picked laboriously by hand, probably by people who aren’t even entitled (according to their employers) to proper medical care and other benefits of being “legal.”

And, OK, here is self, back at home, reading the “new” NYTBR (the titles of the books being reviewed are so hard to locate; self finds the print almost microscopic– !) But, enough of the crabbing. Here, dear blog readers, is the list of books self is interested in reading after perusing the Mar. 2, 2008 issue of the NYTBR:

(1) After reading Susann Cokal’s review of Mary Swan’s first novel, The Boys in the Trees:

(2) After reading James Campbell’s review of Stephen King’s latest novel, Duma Key:

(3) After reading David Michaelis’ review of Todd DePastino’s biography of World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin, Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front:

(4) After reading Madison Smartt Bell’s review of James McBride’s second novel, Song Yet Sung:

    James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water
    Jame’s McBride’s second novel, Song Yet Sung

(5) After reading Bruce Barcott’s review of two books about climbing Mount Everest: Robert Birkby’s Mountain Madness: Scott Fischer, Mount Everest and a Life Lived on High and Michael Kodas’ High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed:

    Robert Birkby’s Mountain Madness: Scott Fischer, Mount Everest and a Life Lived on High
    Michael Kodas’ High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

(6) After reading Adam LeBor’s review of Elias Khoury’s new novel, Yalo:

    Elias Khoury’s new novel, Yalo

(7) After reading Jess Row’s review of Owen Sheers’ novel, Resistance:

    Owen Sheers’ Resistance

(8 ) After reading Geoff Nicholson’s review of Tony D’Souza’s second novel, The Konkans:

    Tony D’Souza’s The Konkans

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