Okay, maybe not every fan of Virgil will love this, but after spending five years reading the Aeneid and five months translating Books I and IV, this fan of Virgil is willing to trade him up for a new kind of epic that exchanges the depth of time for the depth of the human psyche. And the sound of it?--well it downright makes the rest of it go down. McBride's words will rock you into a stupor, not unlike a state of paralysis, in which for the first the time--if your heart is stronger than your stomach and if you are one of those who may be able not only to squish grammar between your toes but relish the gooey feeling of what is left--the world awaits you, untrammeled siren in the raw.
Reading: links to my reading of a few lines from Lesser Bohemians
Commets: links to my humble opinion of those same few lines from Lesser Bohemians
Come join for a free public art installation like none other, especially if you're a fan of alternative music or, in this case, the visual art inspired by its artists: Incubus, Moby, Slayer, Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath...all of my adolescent heartthrobs who didn't kill themselves. Click on the pic to learn more.
Thank you, Natasha Ganes, for the chance to to chat about serial writing, alternative platforms--such as JukePop and Wattpad--and the creative Process (nope, that's not a typo!). Curious about TreeHouse? Check it out for yourself. Visual Arts. Poetry. Music. Blogs. The works!
Join me at Book Soup Wednesday, Aug. 10th @ 7PM to welcome back award winning author Krys Lee, a California transplant to Seoul.
I first fell in love with Krys's deeply human characters while reading her short story collection, Drifting House from Penguin Random House. After meeting Krys this past June at Yonsei University where she teaches in Seoul, South Korea, I was hooked again and soon went about pre-ordering my copy of How I Became a North Korean (official release date Aug. 18th) also from Penguin Random House. Hope to see you Aug. 10th!
Ryan Dunlap, author of The Goldfish, is to be commended for winning the 2016 Summer Writing Contest, sponsored by 1888, JukePop, and Black Hill Press. Congratulations also to 29 BBQs for making the short list, along with the works of Ryan Hash, M. Howalt, Kathy Joy, Laura Morrison, and (yours truly) Jonelle Strickland.
Coming soon (Aug. 20th), a new interview on 29 BBQs by Editor Tasha Ganes of TreeHouse. Mark your calendars!
For all of us who believe there is not one way. One genre. One spirit. One answer. Or even one question. This blog is for the writer before she was so, as well as for the reader who defies her expectations every time: it is for the poets, satirists, fiction writers, essayists, diarists, and ancient word wanderers; this blog is for the infinitely unwritten. To each, a celebration. A celebration to all.