We are so excited to bring you our second LITWRAP Works-In-Progress reading, with an awesome lineup of local writers: Kris Waldherr, Brian Erickson, Ilana Kramer, Frances Uku, Patrick Morris, Annapurna Potluri, Meghan Dunn, Cristina Martin, Jocelyn Lucas, and Albert Pulido! Grab a drink downstairs and join us UPSTAIRS for some words and inspiration. Hope to see you in real life for hugs and high fives!
When: Thursday April 25, 7-9PM Where: 61 Local (Cobble Hill): 61 Bergen St, New York, NY 11201
Britt reviews graphic novel BodyWorld by Dash Shaw (Pantheon, 2010:originally serialized online from 2007 – 2009)
I first read BodyWorld in college (2010) as an assigned novel, and when I picked it up this round I kept waiting to read the scene where the hot mess of a protagonist, smokable plant ‘researcher’ Pauly Panther, goes into a corner store and discovers the graphic novel’s equivalent of the infamous energy drink Four Loko, Blast, sitting in a beer cooler and is delighted by the fact that someone thought to combine alcohol and energy. This is by no means a crucial scene in the grand scheme of things–but considering that the exact years I was in college saw both the rise and eventual outright cancellation of Four Loko, I’m super attracted to the specificity of audience in this moment. This moment is for me, and for anyone else who had any connection at all to Four Loko, and considering the rate at which shit is being created and taken away in our world–at the rate of Jesse Eisenberg’s talking in The Social Network (already a dated reference)–a writer’s option to connect with a universal, timeless audience is contentious. Continue reading Cultural Detritus as an Anchor to Time and Place
This was supposed to be a post that included a photo of mine and Kate’s writing rooms but I didn’t take photos of mine because it’s pretty much empty. Luckily my friend and fellow writer / Litwrap enthusiast Kris Waldherr has sent us some photos of her inspiring space. It’s organized, clean (at least most of the time) and most importantly, focused almost completely on what she needs to get to work every day. Continue reading A Room of Her Own
The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (Scribner, 2013)
I loved this book so much it hurts. I had to keep myself off the internet for three days just so I wouldn’t read every review and interview I could find on this author’s second novel, the first of which, Telex from Cuba, was a National Book Award Finalist. It may be because she lives in my new city, or just that she made an impression on me at her Skylight reading this month. Either way, I’m saying five stars, read it now, buy it for friends family or those you love for Rachel Kushner’s, The Flamethrowers. Continue reading Write like Fire, Burn up the Page
So last week, I was in the writing pits. I was mad at myself for not writing, for prioritizing things that that weren’t my top priority, for putting what was *urgent* (emails, LitWrap, work, etc.) over what was important (getting this manuscript finished). Continue reading A Writing Board of Directors?
E.A. Rigg: I got an agent for Casey Barnes Eponymous pretty quickly. She shopped it around to a few houses but ultimately did not sell it. Her recommendation was that I shelve it and work on another novel, but I was reluctant to do that. For one thing, I had a couple years as well as a good deal of sleep deprivation invested in that novel. For another, it had gotten a lot of positive response from early readers. One young woman, an assistant at another literary agency, even emailed me out of the blue months after she read it to ask which house I ended up selling it to. I just wasn’t ready to give up on the novel and felt there was an audience out there for it. Continue reading LitWrap Member E.A. Rigg, and Her Self-Published Debut Novel
Heads up LA people, this weekend is the LA Times Festival of Books. Here are three panels we’re recommending to readers. Check out the full schedule and hope to hear from you all about what you are seeing and when.
Fiction: The Social Novel with Rachel Kushner, Jonathan Lethem and Marisa Silver, moderated by David L. Ulin @ Seeley G. Mudd, Saturday April 20th, at 10am.