About a year ago, Patricia Lockwood famously asked The Paris Review how they felt about their namesake. In response, the magazine assigned top people to the project, who came back with a straightforward answer.
Recommended Reading: Dean Young's poem "Why I Haven’t 'Outgrown Surrealism,' No Matter What That Moron Reviewer Wrote" for Plume.
NYC-area readers are invited to an event this Friday centered on the topic of marketing literature in the age of Gawker. At 7 p.m. I'll be moderating a panel discussion that includes novelists Fiona Maazel and Tao Lin, literary agent Erin Hosier, and Christopher Kolouris of the website Scallywag & Vagabond. The event, which doubles as a launch party for Canteen magazine's "Hot Authors" issue, also features two bands, a DJ, and an open bar. More info at 3rd Ward.
“The rest of her speech to the U.N. that day is an exact outline for what she wanted the rest of the Parable books to be about — a way out that she did not live to write herself.” For Electric Literature, Kristopher Jansma explores the unwritten Parable books of acclaimed sci-fi author Octavia Butler. Pair with our consideration of Butler’s novel Kindred.
Nathaniel Philbrick answers the question Why Read Moby-Dick: "the level of the language is like no other," but also "it's as close to being our American Bible as we have."