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Big Other Contributors’ News, #11

John Dermot Woods will be reading fiction and showing comics at Freebird books in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, Sunday, January 24, 2010. Info HERE.

FRiGG’s “Law and Order”-themed Winter issue will go live any day now, and will feature a story by Tim Jones-Yelvington. Tim’s writing is also available (and can be ordered) in recent print issues of Sleepingfish, Pank and the Ampersand Review.

Jac Jemc has work in the newest issues of Alice Blue and Handsome, and also in the mega-anthology mlp {first year}.

Ryan W. Bradley is contributing to This Arctic Life with a Wednesday column called “Glacier Notes” where he reviews albums and articles pertaining to music.

Shya Scanlon‘s book of poetry, In This Alone Impulse, is available for pre-order HERE.

John Madera interviewed Brian Evenson for Rain Taxi: Review of Books, reviewed Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing for New Pages and Kamby Bolongo Mean River for Word Riot.

John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

9 thoughts on “Big Other Contributors’ News, #11

    1. I’ve read some things from her here and enjoyed them so I was happy to read another story of hers. I’d intended to check out Racing the Dark a while ago but then pretty much forgot all about it. Have you read it? or her vampire novel? I’ll have to check out the story you linked to.

      1. I reviewed Racing the Dark rather recently. It was enjoyable, but I suspect her work is more refined now.

        I have not read the vampire novel. It’s not out until February, is it?

        Unrelatedly (or relatedly because they’re in the same writers’ group and they stick in my mind together), N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is out from Orbit in February, too, and it’s a stunner. I reviewed it recently, too. Some of her short fiction is also available online.

        Did you read Interfictions 1, too?

        1. Just read your review of Racing in the Dark. Nice. I love Miyazaki. If I could choose to live in one of his films, It’d have to be one of these three: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, or Spirited Away. Although I wouldn’t mind meeting Totoro. Have you seen Ponyo, yet? It’s lovely.

          You know, I saw a used copy of Interfictions 1 sitting at Housing Works bookstore. Recommended? I’ll have to check to see if it’s still there.

          Thanks for the links.

          1. I have not seen ponyo yet! i’m sure it is lovely. spirited away is my favorite, i think.

            i haven’t read all the stories in interfictions. of those i have read, i rather like k. tempest bradford’s ‘black feather’ which doesnt seem to be online.

            i guess if you liked 2, you’ll probably like 1. the stories aren’t quite my cup of tea, what i’ve read about them. i like metafiction a great deal, but there was something… i can’t quite articulate what, but something off? about the stories i’ve read — for my aesthetic, i mean, not you know, in general.

            1. That’s great that Ludwigsen made it available in that way. And I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, too. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll come up with next.

              You know, as I was reading “Remembrance” I tried thinking of other stories told from the perspective of an inanimate object, but all I could come up with was Philip Roth’s The Breast, which is not quite analogous.

              There are, of course, many children’s stories like The Velveteen Rabbit, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Buried Moon by Edmund Dulac, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; and tales like “The Runaway Pancake” and “The Gingerbread Man,” and “The Fir Tree” by Hans Christian Andersen.

              Doing some research I came up with two by Thomas M. Disch:
              The Brave Little Toaster and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.
              I’ve read some Disch here and there–are these any good?

              I’m sure there are loads of stories for adults out there told from the perspective of an object. Any ideas?

              1. I have not read those Disch stories. I’m rather put off by Disch, due to his weird paranoia re: UK LeGuin, but that’s a personal problem. Every time I hear anyone discuss Disch, they swoon over his stories.

                Offhand, I can think of two other short stories that are from the perspectives of houses. “The Desires of Houses” by Haddayr Coppley-Woods which I find enchanting. Also, “Single White Farmhouse” by Heather Shaw, which is a lighter, sillier take.

                On the silly front, there’s one told from the perspective of a futuristic helmet, “How Lonesome a Life Without Nerve Gas” by James Trimarco (also available online in text form, but that’s such a stunning reading…)

                I know I’ve read others. I’m trying to remember whether Andy Duncan did one, and I think the answer is yes, but right now all I can remember is the one where he makes the pope chase around a skeleton.

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