Sunday, October 07, 2012

Lit-Roundup: diversity, the poet's task & to be published now + 3 Reviews: Kino, Best Behaviour, The Lyre + 2 Interviews

On being published, diversity, the poet's task, the purpose of art...

What does it mean to be published now? 
An interesting discussion on writing and being published started in the fictionaut forum and continued in the blog of author Marcus Speh.

A More Diverse Universe Reading Tour 
Concerned by the lack of diversity in fantasy fiction, particularly fantasy fiction of the epic nature, a group of bloggers who got together to create a "More Diverse Universe". The idea of the blog tour: to highlight fantasy/sci fi/magical realism novels written by a person of color. The full blog page with links is now online.

The Purpose of Art + The Poet's Task
Ponderings on art, poetry and words, from the quote: "A poem is a machine made of words" to the Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) class, which sparked the discussion on the purpose of art (" Is the purpose of art to think about what art is?") - and: What's the task of a poet?

Reviews, Books, Blogs

Christopher Allen
reviews the novel "Kino": "Jürgen Fauth’s Kino arrived yesterday. I’m apprehensive. Jürgen is the co-creator of Fictionaut. What if I don’t like the book? Until I open it, I have no idea what it’s about—except for the word Kino, which I know means cinema in German."

Jean Morris takes you along for a read of Will Buckingham's "The Descent of the Lyre": "You’ve been looking forward to the new novel by Will Buckingham, a favourite blogger and a remarkably clever, versatile and talented writer. You very much liked his first published novel, Cargo Fever, about a man-like ape on an Indonesian island. It was a one-off, weird and wonderful and immediately engaging, where so many excellent novels these days are more of the same."

Alex Miller reads Noah Cicero's novel "Best Behaviour", and finds it "both pleasant to read and devastating. Cicero writes with a political edge that sets him apart from the “alt lit” crowd."

Dorothee Lang reads around the world, this time: Ayiti by Roxane Gay and African Sunrise by Nnedi Okorafor: Ayiti, Africa, and stories that aren't a story (global reading challenge)


2 Interviews: Anonymous Photography & Banned Books

Stephanie Dean interviews Patty Carroll about her project "Anonymous Women" at F-Stop: Patty Carroll: "And so when you can't see the eyes it's like one of those things where it's mysterious and kind of surreal but it also denies you access to the identity of that person. Right?" Anonymous Women

Last week was Banned Books Week. At Guernica, Alice Walker - one of America’s most censored writers - talks with Megan Labrise about finding wisdom in the songs of ancestors, why her acclaimed novel won’t be translated into Hebrew, and approaching writing in a priestly state of mind: Alice Walker: Writing What's Right


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