Because I've been using Google Reader to create the Fresh Links list on the sidebar here, I haven't done a post of links for a long time. But it's lively out in the internets these days, so herewith some new things interspersed with some things I've put up on Fresh Links within the last few weeks...
- This past weekend it felt like most of my favorite people were at the AWP conference, and there has been attendant blogging. I wasn't able to go because I had to administer and grade a bunch of final exams, alas. Last year in Austin was a great time, and I loved the chaos and craziness of 5,000 lit'ry folks all scrambling around with each other. Next year is in NYC, and I certainly hope to be there.
- I've mentioned the playwright Christopher Shinn here before -- we were at NYU together for a couple years, and he's doggedly stuck to playwrighting long after many of us have abandoned it. His new play, Dying City, is currently running at Lincoln Center and just got a great review at the New York Times, where you can also hear an interview (mp3) with Chris.
- There's a new Quarterly Conversation up, and it includes two pieces by Scott Esposito about recent books I particularly love: "Thrice Told Tales: How Stories Become Reality in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow" and a review of Chris Adrian's The Children's Hospital. (Okay, so I haven't finished reading The Children's Hospital yet, but I love every page I've read so far, and that's more than I can say for most of the books I've read recently.)
- Joanna Russ interviewed by Samuel Delany.
- Hal Duncan has two gigantic posts about aesthetics and fantasy and Fantasy and all that.
- Terry Windling on shape-shifting and Inupiaq art and culture and the arctic.
- Unbridled Books has a newly-designed website. Don't forget their blog, too, which is a wonderful window into the world of independent publishing.
- An interesting post by Jenny Diski about methods of arranging books on shelves in bookstores, the concept of book clubs, and the nature of reality:
It is certainly not the only task of a novelist to reproduce reality. A novel is not good just because it looks to you like the world you know. Nor bad because it doesn't. There are other kinds of truth (or even untruth) that a writer might want to get to. Pictures they might want to paint of what is least likely. Some of us want to play with ideas in the form of narrative. Only the narrowist of views demands that novels must be believable and that novelists have to conform to their readers' notions of the way the world is.(thanks to Robert Cook for pointing this one out to me)
- My favorite American artist of the 20th century is Joseph Cornell, which is one reason why I think the cover for Interfictions by Connie Toebe is lovely -- it's very Cornellesque. I hadn't seen any of Toebe's art before, but now will be keeping my eyes out.
- Adam Roberts on Fredric Jameson.
- Carl Hiaasen on Anna Nicole Smith. (via Beautiful Horizons)
- There are more dead people than living people.