A Month of Sunday Links
NY Times on alternate history and Philip Roth on Philip Roth's alternate history [Guardian profile of Roth, excerpt from new novel]
Waldrop and Person on Sky Captain
Resource for poets [Jeffrey Bahr]
Making Light has an interesting post, dispelling famous myths of publishing.
China Mieville and Stephen Leigh on world-building.
Sherwood Smith almost always has posts of interest: on wit, prologues, reader contract, and science (via quoting George Eliot. Needless to say, I'm not in full agreement on science--if it can enlighten our experience, why not use it? We rightfully fear a straight-jacket, but too many fear what can be known. Science can be a useful tool to illumine what we do know--a jumping-off point to destinations unknown but perhaps knowable).
British scientists pick favorite SF writers.
A post on narrative over character [?]. Dan Green offers a similar ideal but asks why not allow the authors freedom to write their own brands of fiction.
Margaret Atwood interview
Stephaney at Maud Newton on Tom Robbins' manifesto of literary happiness [excerpted from Harper's]
Maud deals NY Times' interviewer, Deborah Solomon, a slap for literary arrogance. The interviewer probes the poet laureate's reading deficiencies in European poetry--surely, we all have deficiencies--but Ted Kooser has a great response at the end. Sadly, the interview isn't worth much as she never peers into the work of the poet himself. Strangely apropos, NPR's humorist Brian McConnachie asks, "What if the poet laureate had to go through Senate confirmations?"
Legal answers regarding blogging defamation
Chicha [& friends] on MFAs
Ben Marcus' new anthology: McGrath review and complaint of McGrath review
Quercus has an interesting business model for an anthology series. I proposed one like it last year when I was brainstorming various methods for financing an anthology. I suspect one will need a large advertising capital to cover the bases, nonetheless, to get it off the ground; hence I abandoned it. But do check it out. You may want to subscribe and help support the short fiction industry--well, the British short SF industry, anyway: Steve Aylett, Mary Gentle, John Courtenay Grimwood, Geoff Ryman, Rob Holdstock, Daniel Kaysen, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Jay Caselberg, Adam Roberts, Mark Roberts.
Posted novels and stories online:
Jonathan Safran Foer's Borges-esque "The Sixth Borough" of Manhatten Island [fyi, excerpt from a Borges biography & book cover designs for books mentioned in Borges' stories but never existed in the real world]
M. John Harrison's "Tourism"
D.F. Lewis is providing many of his previously published stories online (if you haven't seen his small press anthologies, nemonymous, you're missing out. These are the most gorgeous publications I can remember seeing. Please buy them so that he can make more. Email editor directly: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Elizabeth Bear's novel, All The Windwracked Stars
Winner of the BBC End of Story contest [to finish a work by Joanne Harris]
Jim Munroe's An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil (a novel published by No Media Kings, now being published in blog entries)
Jason Erik Lundberg is following Jay Lake's model of writing vignettes around unusual words of the English language (no doubt due to matching initials in their appellations--har har).
Links on language:
Slang from British program, The Office.
Russian translator also needs help with British slang.
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