Friday, November 03, 2006
I'll Take The Couch, The Vase And The Mitch Albom
William Styron, R.I.P.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
The MFA Toolkit
While the debate over whether MFA programs encourage bland standardisation at the cost of everything else rages on, those of you who're deciding to pursue an MFA anytime soon couldn't do better than go through this toolkit by Poets & Writers, which includes how to decide where to apply, an inside look at the process, a talk with the new director of the acclaimed Iowa program and an up-to-date list by region.
Crimson Faces At The Crimson
The Fabulous Foers
Sex In Fiction
- From a long, interesting interview with John Updike
The Patron Saint Of Bloggers
I hope not. It reflects my reading habits. In fact, I think it reflects the reading habits of most people. Fortunately, the historian John Lukacs once pointed out that there are 'no rules about reading, no rules about what should — or will — interest you. What you must do is follow and feed your own interests.'
It’s one of my favorite quotes. I think it should be the anthem of the blogosphere — an arena of unconventional writing where there are no rules, where bloggers follow their own interests, each one doing a little bit to further the great written conversation of Western civilization that has been taking place since a clever fellow in Syria scratched a sheep and goat onto some clay tablets.
St. Augustine, pray for bloggers. "
- Eric Sheske in the National Catholic Register
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
A Delightful Way To Waste Time
Monday, October 30, 2006
Art Vs Life
- From a recent profile of Sharon Olds
Found In Translation
Bags to be used in case of sickness or to gather remains.
We have nice bath and are very good in bed.
You may choose between a room with a view on the sea or the backside of the country.
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
The Old Ladakh Guest House (hospitalizing since 1974).
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried daily except Thursdays.
In an Italian hotel, signs by the bell
It is kindly requested from our guests that they avoid dirting and doing rumours in the rooms.
Hot and cold water running up and down the stairs.Seoul
Measles not included in room charge.
Tel Aviv, Israel
If you wish breakfast, lift the telephone and our waitress will arrive. This will be enough to bring up your food.
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid. Turn to her straightaway.
Please do not bring solicitors into your room.
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
No smoking in bed. If it's on fire the guests should be disperse according to the safety way.
In case of earthquake, use the torch to pass yourself out.
Our wine list leaves you nothing to hope for.
Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager.
You are invite to visit our restaurant where you can eat the Middle East Foods in a European ambulance.
Do not invite thieves to sleep in the floor.
On a Soviet ship in the Black Sea
Helpsavering apparata in emergings behold many whistles! Associate the stringing apparata about the bosoms and meet behind. Flee then to the indifferent lifesavering shippen obediencing the instructs of the vessel chef.
On a ferry in San Juan, Puerto Rico
In case of emergency, the lifeguards are under the seat in the center of the vessel.
How To Win The Nobel
- Orhan Pamuk on writing novels
Writing Novel, Lah
Sunday, October 29, 2006
- Sue Townsend, when asked whether she preferred bookmarks or page folds.
Further Proof That The Age Of Being Politically Correct Has Vanished
- Jane Friedman, Harper Collins President & CEO