Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Elliott’


I won’t bother explaining the song stuck in my head right now

November 16, 2010

I’ve had this sitting around on my desktop for several days now. You know how it goes: It only takes about five minutes to get a basic blog post up, so what’s the big deal?

The answers, of course, are myriad, but those aren’t actually important now.

Never mind. Just read Steve Almond’s “Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt”, which Stephen Elliott describes as a “gorgeous homage”.

And while I’m at it, I’ll just try to pick a fight. You people who say, “a historian”, or “a historical fact”? Go for it. Say “a homage”. Make it work. Change the world. I dare you.

(See, those five minutes or so can be dangerous if you let them be.)



What was the last book you loved?

November 11, 2009

Here’s an interesting notion: A book review contest.

Well, it’s not much of a contest, but:

We’d like to know the last book you loved. Send us a writeup of the last book you truly loved, along with a short bio. We’ll publish our favorites in The Rumpus blog. No length requirements.

And no deadline, either. At least, none that I can see in the appeal to readers from Stephen Elliott.

Contact information available through that last link. Dust off your favorites. I have no guesses on the deadline; Elliott ran one of these last month, too.

Maybe in the long run we can organize some SCWC reviews penned by any of our unconventional conventionists. No promises yet; I’ll have to figure out how to work that. In the meantime, if your review of the last book you loved makes The Rumpus, let us know.



I wasn’t on the subscriber list

November 1, 2009

Stephen Elliott, “What I Can Tell You About Book Tours“.

Published online through The Rumpus (dot net), the article “was originally sent out as a Daily Rumpus, a two or three times a week email, the majority of which are not otherwise published.”

I should note that, had I been on the subscriber’s list for the original segments, I might have realized the first time through that Elliot’s tale is actually a true story, and not have to point to Brian Spears‘ post that includes confirmation that one of the characters from the story was actually present in Fort Lauderdale. Good thing I only scheduled this last night, instead of posted it straight away. Wait a minute, why am I telling you this part?

At any rate, yeah, pass this one around if you do events at high schools; you’ll inspire a whole new generation of young writers.