This is proof that the holiday stress is kicking in. I forgot to include some of the links I had planned to share today. (you can get the rest of the list a little lower on the page.)
The African Diaspora Reading Challenge for 2010
Rigoberto Gonzales highlights books from small presses.
Do you live in a “happy” state? (If you live in NY, you don’t.)
When the recession hits artists. (and this woman seems to come from a wealthy-ish family.)
Peter Rock loved this book. I mean he really really loved it.
Harlan Ellison wants his #@!$% money.
Why gift books? Because a scented candle never changed anyone’s life.
The 50 most inspiring living authors.
Okay, that feels better. You have the whole list. Now I can go do my hair. xoxo, t
Well, here are a few links as I am heading home. Vermont Studio Center is really a nice place. The food was deee-lish and they’ve just built new studios for the writers, which overlook the river. It’s a little pricey to go here, but there are scholarships. But okay, on with the links because I have a plane to catch!
Here is the bestsellers list for poetry. I was really surprised by it.
Slow down Smokey! Random House needs to back up off the e-rights.
More on the Publishers’ Weekly cover FAIL. BlogHer, DailyFinance,HTML Giant. PW itself semi-apologizes.
James Baldwin on being in the belly of the beast.
Anne Patchett says writing is a job, so act like it.
Alice Randall has some cool contests on her blog.
Pretending to be a man may help your career.
Congrats to Justin Torres and the other USA Fellows.
Congrats, as well, to January O’Neil. I don’t know her but I love her name and how happy she looks.
An editor at a small press bids goodbye to an author who has moved on to the big time.
I don’t know what’s up with me today– or yesterday, or the day before– I am having trouble connecting with the world. I suspect that I am just overwhelmed. You know having too much to do can make you do nothing? I’m kind of there. Yesterday, at my writing date, I was having such a hard time concentrating. That said, here are some links until I can get it back together.
Algonquin higlights my short story. (thank you!)
Does twitter sell books? Methinks, no. But selling books isn’t the only reason to do something.
RES has released her new album *free* on line. And Sade has released a new single that you can hear without charge.
Algonquin author, Laila Lalami, weighs in on the Swiss Minarets controversy.
Are you turned off by ugly book covers?
Write what you know doesn’t mean you don’t have to know what you’re talking about.
So you meet an editor and she says, “Send me your manuscript.” Then what?
Sarah Schulman on familial homophobia.
Alan King on Karibu Books.
Shelley’s interesting and ecclectic end-of-year list.
I know the money is for charity, but this is so irritating.
Renee, honey, in Georgia, this is what we call a high-class problem.
Girls Write Now!
Authors of color who tweet.
Nerd Alert: The MLA Handbooks is online.
Crazy Cool Subway Stations.
Isn’t Lauren’s living room pretty?
I actually have a lot of links to share, but I noticed a cluster on a particular theme. Many writers, mostly women, are speaking out against the ways that systems of power and opression are affecting artists and their art. These trends are very disturbing, but I am not sure what can be done about it…
Victoria Chang points out what everybody noticed, but no one wanted to say: Black women and Asian-Americans hardly EVER get the Whiting Award. (Leave her a comment on her site for being so brave to speak the truth.)
Women writers are up in arms about the all-male best of 2009 list released by Publisher’s Weekly. (But everyone should be alarmed, not just us!)
Bernice MacFadden posts a little known essay by Zora Neale Hurston.”The fact that there is no demand for incisive and full-dress stories around Negroes above the servant class is indicative of something of vast importance to this nation.” Did ZNH get hold of a time machine and bring back a copy of The Help?
This brings us around to Precious, which Armond White says is “the con job of the year.”
Celeste Ng says she’s not “the next Amy Tan.”
Sorry for posting such an intense set of links. I try to keep this blog very upbeat as my goal is to provide everyone with info, but to also motivate everyone to write. (You’ll notice I haven’t been linking to a million Publishing Is Over articles. I just don’t see how it is helpful.) But the issues I am posting about today are important and something that we all need to think about.