Google Autocomplete and the Collective (Literary) Unconscious

By LitWrap Contributor Alex Vlahov


Do you ever type an entire question into Google? I’ll often search for something exactly as it entered my head, naked in verbatim ambiguity or cut like a key with jagged minutiae. This indolent reliance on social media worries me, especially in regards to an eroding command of vocabulary. However, there is base-camp relief reached when a question of mine has been navigated before, despite 15% of Google’s searches being new each day. Thanks to Autocomplete, I know that I’m not curious alone. Continue reading Google Autocomplete and the Collective (Literary) Unconscious

B-Town (9 NOV – 15 NOV)

BOOYA, Book Town!

We’re still standing, aren’t we? After a nor’easter to boot. Seriously, we hope you have power back on, and that if you do, you can help families who don’t.

Emily and I donned boots (and hoods, and cold, grizzled mugs) to the warm oasis of Greenlight Bookstore on Wednesday, where we basked in the glow of the writers and editors of the Five Borough Noir series. They were honest about their choices and generous with time and advice. They seem open to publishing newbies, if your story bits the bill, so look into it if your work might apply.

LitWrap has a review of Martin Amis’ newest book Lionel Asbo on the website. What is the State of England these days? And what the hell is this book about anyway?

AND consider this a tease for our first ever cocktail reading in early December (details to unfold). Please think about submitting an original piece (max. 2K words) on the subject of “Winter” to read. It’s GREAT practice, and good karma. So look through your slush pile and see what discarded chapter of your novel shouts, “Hey, I’m still worthwhile!”

In the meantime, keep hitting them keys.
These books don’t write themselves.


PS. We still want to give away Junot Diaz’s new book! Tell us your thoughts, questions, quandries on the web, and we’ll send you the review copy!

B-Town (2 Nov – 8 Nov)

B-Town, are you okay?

What a week. We’re keeping our calendar to Brooklyn this week because travel is hard and we can’t confirm the status of readings at our Manhattan haunts.

Powerhouse Arena, with it’s beautiful waterfront location, didn’t escape Sandy’s fury. Water broke through the windows and destroyed the bookstore’s collection. They need our support! Please do some holiday shopping in Dumbo, and stay tuned for updates, including news about a fundraiser to replace lost books and stationary.

Post-Sandy, we can take some valuable lessons from Beth Bosworth’s collection “The Source of Life and other Stories.” Her stories tell of forgiveness post-apocalypse (whether that apocalypse is the fictional devastation to the water supply; the break up of a marriage; the death of a father). Her stories ask: what really matters? No, really. What does? Check out Kate’s review.

Junot Diaz’s presentation of “This is How You Lose Her” sparked meaningful discussion last week. Emily posts her thoughts on his recent Book Court reading, and his controversial book. We’d love to hear your two cents.

Back in the saddle, amigos.


P.S. And you NaNoWriMos owe a total of, wait what’s 1,666 words X 2?  Well whatever, get cracking.