- Read this gorgeous, fascinating essay by Literati’s Mairead & you’ll fall in love with the 27th letter & also want to pick up Larry Levis’s Winter Stars, first out in 1985, back in print and on our shelves now. & you’ll want to give Mairead a high-five & maybe some kind of prize.
- Robert Falls, director of the stage adaptation of 2666 asks, “How do we do what Bolaño did, only in the time-based, 3-D, actor-driven medium of theater?” As our own Johnny G. asks, about all kinds of things, “How do you put a brick through a colander?” Powerball winnings help. We wanna sit through all five hours anyway.
- Speaking of the theatrical, here’s an interview with Alexander Chee, the author of the new novel Queen of the Night, about a world-renowned opera diva, which we’re all pretty excited about at Literati.
- Also at Electric Literature is a great interview with Eka Kurniawan, writer of the novel Beauty is a Wound, on Indonesian history and the classification of his work as “magic realism:”The society tends to simplify it as “magical realism,” just because of how it shows up, both fantastically and realistically. We rarely identify Kafka as a magical realist writer, despite the fact there are many fantastic elements in his works. And why are the comic characters from DC and Marvel not called magical realism, even though they have plenty of fantastic elements? The magic aspects in my novel are influenced by horror and silat (Indonesian martial art) novels of the 1970s. Beauty Is a Wound is quite tricky, as it’s difficult to put it in one genre. Classifying it as “magic realism” would be easier for people to figure it out.
- Get your free subscription to Bomb Magazine if you are currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts degree, of any flavor: writers, artists, performers, interviewing other writers and artists and performers.
- Over at Lithub, a gentle reminder not to be an insufferable jerk. (Also, a gentle reminder of the genius of Vievee Francis’s poetry: read it.)
- And a helpful guide for writers living that deskbound sweatpantslyfe.