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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
"Greetings! Thank you for the opportunity to read your work. We're sorry to say that after careful consideration, we have decided not to publish your submission. We do wish you the best of luck placing it elsewhere, however, and with all your writing endeavors."
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
This journal takes the guess work out of your submission. "The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected."
Friday, January 21, 2011
For information on our literary contests, about our yearly writing festival Winter Wheat, how to acquire an issue of MAR, or for general queries, please visit our website: http://www.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Why I Write by George Orwell. I highly recommend it. Here are some Thursday words of wisdom for you about writing from George:
"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a window pane."Amen to that, bro.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
we found about writing in the Sunday Styles. That is to say, Fran Lebowitz on the opinion page, which was a list of aphorisms, such as the following:
- All modesty is false
- All strangers are perfect
- All musicals are revivals
- All pets are adopted
- All smoke is secondhand
- All vegetables are organic
- All mothers are single
- All favorites are sentimental
- All consciences are guilty
- All endings are happy
- All fanatics are religious
- No thought is consoling
- No speculation is idle
- There is no business not like show business
If you haven't seen Scorsese's HBO documentary on Lebowitz, "Public Speaking," you need to check it out. Totally brilliant. Here's the funny thing: Lebowitz is a writer now famous for writers block, but what a writer! Read her work if you can. Which goes to show, in some crazy way, you don't have to be writing to be a writer. Opposite of yesterday's post subject.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
"What I Wore" (mostly to brunch and drinks, BTW) and appears in today's New York Times' Style Section. I hold it out to you as proof that writing is dead, and Sloane Crosley is holding the stiletto that stabbed us all in the heart. Here's a mind-destroying, name-dropping highlight just for you:
Sunday Jan 2: I went to Elephant & Castle in Levi’s jeans, a Kain T-shirt, Roberto Del Carlo boots and Cutler and Gross glasses. For the rest of the day I read, wrote and watched edited incarnations of movies I actually own on TV. This doesn’t require much in the way of accessories aside from a lint roller for my lap. At night I took a friend to drinks at Old Town and dinner at Max wearing gray Converse, a vest from Les Prairies de Paris and a tote bag from Essex Street Market, with a vintage Balmain scarf of my mom’s tied to it.
Monday, Jan 3: After splashing coffee on myself at Café Grumpy, I spent the morning at the library wearing a Uniqlo button-down, Reiss sweater, Chloé pants and Prada shoes. I also spent it working. Otherwise, that would just be bad performance art. I had lunch with an editor at Má Pêche, where I got pickled vegetables on my pants. Apparently I have an eating disorder like Ted Striker has a drinking problem. Luckily I was carrying a patent-leather Coach bucket bag that looks like an oil spill and is immune to absorption.
Tuesday, Jan 4: I had a 9 a.m. breakfast with my friend Elizabeth Spiers at Morandi. As we both work from home, we’ve decided to do this twice a week in 2011. I wore Uniqlo tights, Valentino flats, a polka-dot dress by Lewis Cho and a Burberry coat. Then to the library again, but I left in the afternoon to come home and write in white Helmut Lang jeans and a blue Rag & Bone button-down.Truly, truly (and for so many, many reasons that I can't go into right now) this makes me sad.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Tin House has a new policy. The mouse who sent this in noted that he would no longer be reading Tin House in protest. What do you think? I for one have been rejected roundly (and lead on here and there by a Tin House editor of two) for all my projects (sent without an agent, which perhaps proves their point). So the policy no longer applies to me, but I do think it's unfortunate.