Here are some things that are not here:
- The latest selection from the LitBlog Co-op -- for the first time the book at the top of my list is the main selection: Garner by Kirstin Allio, an evocative, strange, and beautifully written novel that's not only published by a small press, but also takes place in New Hampshire, so how could I not like it? Of the other nominees this quarter, three of them seemed to me very much worth reading, and I will continue to direct your attention to the LBC site in the coming weeks for discussions, author appearances, etc.
- Strange Horizons has just published an interview with Lydia Millet that I conducted. Subjects include her excellent novel Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, nuclear proliferation, polemical writing, satire, genre bending, and the responsibilities of writers and citizens.
- I wrote briefly about the surrealist painter Remedios Varo in November, and somehow managed to miss the fact that I did so a week after Giornale Nuovo had done a far better job. Now Giornale Nuovo has another image-rich post about Varo, this time accompanied by Varo's own comments on the work.
- "Gospel of the Mean" by Larissa Szporluk.
- By now you've probably heard that the reputedly transgendered writer JT Leroy doesn't seem to exist. Ron Hogan got some comments from transgendered writers about the whole situation. Ron followed up with another post that, among other things, suggested a connection between Leroy's writing and slash fiction.
- The Cult of Character.
- If you have any interest in literary and genre theory, be sure to check out The Valve's ongoing discussion of Franco Moretti's Graphs, Maps, and Trees.
- Economy and Efficiency as Motivations in Fiction.