June 09, 2008

Heat Hitting Down

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I keep seeing small, moving dots in my periphery. I keep thinking they might be bugs. But everytime I square my gaze they’re gone. I think I’m seeing the ghosts of bugs. Or it could be the heat.

Also, floating through my periphery have been the following links and factoids:

Wendy Lee, a HarperCollins colleague and debut novelist, celebrates the publication of her first book, Happy Family. She will read from and discuss her novel Wednesday, June 18th, 7:00pm at McNally Robinson bookstore in downtown NYC.

This morning I was pleasantly surprised to find an e-mail from Dan White, author of The Cactus Eaters, which linked to an astute and wonderful “Summer Reads” review at Salon.com. Neither of us knew it was coming. And they consider Dan almost in the same thought-breath as David Sedaris! Yay! Buy the book!

There will be a n+1 panel discussion this Tuesday, June 10th, 7:00pm at The Kitchen. The topic is — wait for it — “The Internet: We All Live There Now.” It’s worth talking about since I can barely string three thoughts together before clicking some blinking digital orifice crawling across my monitor. There’s one now! No, wait, that’s a bug ghost.
imagename The July edition of The Atlantic will have a relevant and even-tempered article on the subject: “Is Google Making Us Stoopid?”

Gabriel Josipovici is an author with whom I’ve had the honor to correspond. His novel Goldberg: Variations came out in early 2007 but is still winning converts in 2008. The blog So Many Books has posted an aptly exuberant response to the novel: “Where Do I Sign Up for the Josipovici Fan Club?” I was also lucky enough to interview Gabriel over at the wracked and ruined Cruelest Month.

In other illustrious conversations, Willy Vlautin, author of, most recently, Northline, talks with the infamous Chuck Palahniuk over at The Oregonian. And here’s what the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about the Willy’s latest:

“…(W)hen a work of pure fiction comes along that reads like the best that journalism has to offer, it brings with it a sense of hope. Hope because there are no concerns that we’re being manipulated without our consent. Willy Vlautin’s second novel, “Northline,” is just such a book. Quiet, sad and suffused with a melancholic serenity, it begs to be read, if for no other reason than it seems true.” — June 7, 2008

Also, today Janet Maslin took time in her review of Andre Dubus III latest novel, The Garden of Last Days, to direct praise to Russell Banks’s Continental Drift. That’s what we call a backlister.

Lastly, an event I hope to attend, an evening of drinks and poetry this Thursday, June 12th, 7:00pm. The literary magazine A Public Space hosts the poets Peter Gizzi, Matthea Harvey, and Cathy Park Hong. Click here for more information on the poets, the event, and the magazine.

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