Classes are going well. This semester I'm taking a fiction workshop and an eighteenth century lit course. I'm also teaching two sections of English 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I. Sometimes the students are receptive, and sometimes they are not. Ha.
So, because I'm getting paid again, I ordered a few books:
|Junot Diaz - This Is How You Lose Her|
|Scott McClanahan - Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place|
|Dinty W. Moore - The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers|
|The Oatmeal - How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You|
|George Saunders - Tenth of December|
|Chad Simpson - Tell Everyone I Said Hi|
Additionally, I Kickstarted this:
|Nick Ostdick - Hair Lit, Vol. 1|
While browsing Facebook tonight I stumbled on a link to Frequencies, a new biannual nonfiction journal from Two Dollar Radio:
Volume 1, September 2012, features essays from Blake Butler, Joshua Cohen, Tracy Rose Keaton, and Scott McClanahan, and an interview with Anne Carson.
Volume 2, April 2013, features essays from Roxane Gay, Alex Jung, Kate Zambreno, and TBA.
What's cool is that they're offering subscriptions for only $13. And yes, I picked one up for myself.
Something I ran across on the TDR site: "If you care at all about supporting literary culture then you won't order Frequencies, or any other books for that matter, through amazon." They elaborate on that here. But man, I like Amazon. As one who buys a lot of books, I get some from Amazon, some from small presses, and some from literary magazines. Any number of small presses and literary magazines could attest to this.
Over the summer, Amazon held a job fair in my hometown because they're building a fulfillment center in a neighboring town, and the center will reportedly create "1,000 new jobs by 2015." And yeah, they could afford to pay better wages, among other complaints, but a boost to the local economy is good. So I guess I don't have as many qualms with Amazon as many others do, but then again, I'm not a bookseller either.
I'm now a Keyhole author, which is kool.