Getting the Links Out
- Alan DeNiro quotes David Foster Wallace: "I think TV promulgates the idea that good art is just art which makes people like and depend on the vehicle that brings them the art. This seems like a poisonous lesson for a would-be artist to grow up with."
- Cornell University Library's "The Fantastic in Art and Fiction"
- Suggested Rules for Non-Transsexuals Writing about Transsexuals, Transsexuality, Transsexualism, or Trans ____.
- The Book Depository looks to be a good source for books from the U.K., and amazingly offers free delivery anywhere. The web editor, complete with blog, is Mark Thwaite, of ReadySteadyBook. The site includes an interview with Gabriel Josipovici. (In fact, this will probably be my source for Josipovici's new collection of essays, The Singer on the Shore...)
- Nick Mamatas: The Website
- The British Science Fiction Association's critical journal, Vector now has a website, and it includes an essay I wrote some time back about the short fiction of 2005 that I'd encountered. It's an odd perspective, because I wrote it while being in the midst of reading way too many other things. I made that clear in the article, because sometimes it seems to me that critics should probably note their state of mind when formulating a criticism; not every situation affects judgment, of course, but sometimes, such as being in the midst of reading too much, it can (often in interesting ways -- I wouldn't privilege a more relaxed mindset over a more frazzled one, so long as the expression remains articulate).
- The new Ratbastards chapbook is now available for ordering. And there's a great deal on the backissues -- you can get 4 of the 5 previous editions for $19 (including shipping) or all 5 books for $24 (including shipping).
- Faces of the Grotesque
- I'm not a big fan of labels for fiction, but some of my best friends are, and there's nothing wrong with that. They enjoy debating things like the term "slipstream", and often come up with interesting insights by doing so. For instance, here, here, here, here, here. I've got a copy of Kelly & Kessel's Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, and it's a nice collection of stories, including a new one by M. Rickert (which should be reason enough for anyone to buy it). I love that they included excerpts from the discussion at David Moles's blog. If you like arguing about labels, the anthology will give you plenty to argue about. If you don't, just read the stories and enjoy them, because there's really not a dud in the bunch.