No real reason other than that I'm enthralled with larger than life people, especially writers, and Bolano is that for sure. Almost mythological.
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Listening to Brad Listi's Other People while I write this. His interview with Dmitry Samarov, the memoir-writing, taxi driving author of Where To? out from Curbside Splendor. I like these interviews. I don't know. Most of the time Listi is good at getting through some of the bullshit and having a real conversation. I like that. Okay.
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Things are popping at Revolution John. I'm trying to get a lot of essays and opinion pieces on there along with fiction and poetry. I like that. I've published literary journals before, but not arts and culture journals. So when some essays started coming in I figured it would be fun to just open up the door for that sort of stuff. It's been a blast and I'm going to keep it up.
Jason Lee Miller's essay on metamodernism published at RJ apparently drove Mather Schneider a little bit crazy from what I gather following a series of back and forth comments between Mather and myself on Facebook. He's a baiting master and almost got me with that back and forth. Oh Mather, you do keep it interesting.
I don't care about online baiting. I've only lost my cool in that respect once. I told a guy at Fictionaut I was going to find him and make sure one of us got his ass kicked. They kicked me off that site for that. But in fairness I had took a lot of bullshit from the guy for almost a year there before finally saying okay enough. Fictionaut reinstated me, though, and I haven't heard from Matt Dennison since. Blah, blah, blah.
Point is, I just don't give much weight to online baiting or bashing. It's strange. I do give a lot of weight to online friendship and literary value, though. Weird. Connection is connection. Maybe I should take online prickdom more serious. What's good for the goose and all that jazz.
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Lately I've been a little concerned I'm not leaving enough time to write due to editing and curating, etc. It almost feels like when I reached a point at about 15 or 16 when it occurred to me I would have to make a choice between studying guitar and writing. My dad was a professional guitarist and I started at about age 5 at his knee, not my choice. But I liked it and kept it up. But in my teens I started seeing that I would need to marry myself to either playing guitar or writing and I picked writing. I didn't feel a I could immerse myself entirely in two creative interests, still don't. I think you have to commit to one thing and move forward. Maybe my limitations make that so, but whatever.
Thing is, my thoughts lately about editing and writing are starting to feel like that. This time around I'm not going to be able to drop one and go with the other, I think. I like both. I'm going to do both, even if that spreads me thin and holds me back for both. So be it.
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Things you should be checking out:
- Change Seven Magazine. New. Hoping to see some bitchin cool stuff from this one.
- Atticus Lish. I've not read his debut novel, but I've read a ton of interviews and the book will have to be pretty damn interesting to top this guy's general coolness.
- Metamodernism. Read about it. Write about it. Send what you write to Revolution John. I want to hear from you.
That's it for that. I'm not skilled at telling people what is cool. I don't know what it cool. I just like what I like.
Right? Right? Right?