May 18, 2010

The News on Tues

You may have noticed the snazzy new links bar above, which I've added in an attempt to make the sidebar a little less crowded, and improve the blog's appearance in general. It's a work in progress, so any of your comments are welcome. Aside from links to already established stuff like "Ars Prosa 101" and the "How to" articles, there are two new stand alone pages included in the bar:

  • Links - Brings together all my other other online doings (other blogs, things I've contributed to in the past and various works).
  • Lists - Provides links to the various readings lists I occasionally reference in this blog (e.g. The Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, Harold Bloom's Western Canon, etc.)
In non-blog-related news:
  • Mrs. Dalloway turns 85, and Anne Fernald presents an interesting analysis of the book as an anti-war novel on her blog Fernham (which I am pleased to add to my blogroll).
  • Denis Dutton posted a 1976 interview he and Michael Palencia-Roth conducted with Jorge Luis Borges.
  • In Slate, Nathaniel Rich writes about The Stories of Ray Bradbury.
  • Jesse Pearson serves up a very long interview with Bret Easton Ellis.
  • Over on A Commonplace Blog, D.G. Myers makes an interesting point about contemporary writers:


    The writers’ workshops have established a nationalized bureaucracy of writers who, in their professional lives, are more loyal to the organizational culture of creative writing [...] than to the locales in which they accidentally find themselves. The result has been [...] the almost complete disappearance of regionalism from American fiction.
  • Want to get published? Apparently all you have to do is make fun of hipsters (is there a name for the rapidly growing group of hipster-haters?)
  • In the internet age, bad writing is everywhere. Laura Miller finds a silver lining.
  • You should have seen this coming - the Iowa Writers' Workshop novel. Anis Shivani interviews the author John McNally.

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