A monument

In Cold Blood is one of my favorite books, but I tend to forget that — as much as I love nonfiction, I always think of fiction first when somebody asks me about my favorites. Little Truman’s slender book gets crushed beneath Middlemarch and Pride and Prejudice. I reread In Cold Blood this summer for…

Short story recommendation

Via Elizabeth McCracken on Twitter, I found Edan Lepucki‘s story “I Am the Lion Now“, up now at Narrative. A few paragraphs from it: Margaret thought she heard a suppressed roar coming from the kitchen. Before the turgid novel, she’d been reading a book about the history of al Qaeda; in it, the author told…

Story rec

A quick post just to recommend Sarah Rees Brennan’s latest short story offering, “The Arundel Tomb.” I haven’t yet had a chance to read her The Demon’s Lexicon, which is waiting for me on my Kindle, but I really liked this story. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about “golden age” stories, stories that begin…

Great news: no more whitewashing of ‘Liar’

Justine Larbalestier’s book Liar has a beautiful new cover. You can see the old cover via the Amazon link (right now, anyway — hopefully that’ll be fixed soon, too). Responding to the distress of her readers, Ms. Larbalestier chose to speak out about Bloomsbury’s decision to represent her black protagonist with a white cover model.…

Inspiration and work

Via Justine Larbalestier, Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk on genius, inspiration, and “mulish” work. It’s a beautifully presented talk, though I’m not sure that I agree with her final premise of talent as a kind of transitory gift. I do agree, and I’m pretty sure I’ve gone on about this before, that the post-Romantic (Gilbert says…

a few good results of RaceFail 09

RaceFail 09 — a summary of which is available here and a timeline here, and which Rydra Wong has exhaustively archived — led to some incredibly rude and defensive behavior on the part of published authors and SF editors. It has also inspired some amazing posts about writing the other and some new communities dedicated…

Pretty Monsters

Dropping in quickly to recommend Kelly Link’s new collection of short stories, Pretty Monsters. I got to hear Kelly read a wonderful story from this collection — “The Wrong Grave” — when she came to the UT two years ago during a visit to Austin for World Fantasy. If you click the link, you can…