December 29th, 2010 / 12:00 pm

Do These Right Things

The Emerson Review is looking for excellent writing for their next issue. Submissions are open until February 1 and they are interested in poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Send them something grand.

Issue 10.6 of DIAGRAM is live with writing from Nayelly SJ Barrios; Bridget Bell; Jody Brooks; Christopher Bundy; MRB Chelko; Paul Cunningham; Jim Fisher; Trey Jordan Harris; Christine Larusso; Robert Hill Long; Bo McGuire; Rebecca Mertz; David James Miller; Rufo Quintavalle; Samantha Stiers; and Quintan Ana Wikswo.

Ricky Gervais explains why he is an atheist.

I’ve been really¬†interested in this post by Kevin Smith where he talks about success and work that doesn’t feel like work. I believe many successful people can relate to the sentiments Smith expresses in his post. When we consider successful people, we rarely pay any attention to how or why the success was achieved. We focus on the success itself because it is the success that is visible not the why of the success.

Spike Lee has released a book, Do The Right Thing, with behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, reflections from Lee and more.I’m looking forward to reading this book. I loved the film.

Jason Sanford offers a message to a writer who did not do his due diligence.

I admire writers with discipline. Laila Lalami took a year of silence, where she decided not to submit her work anywhere or agree to any requests for contributions. Instead, she simply focused on reading and writing.

Shane Jones engaged in an¬†exchange with Poets & Writers wherein he discussed his writing process for one of the magazine’s features and then things got interesting.

I love this bag and want one quite badly.

Salvatore Pane shares his fiction workshop syllabus for next semester and suggests more teachers do the same.

It is the end of the year. Many people in many places are making end of the year lists summarizing where they went, what they did, what they read, loved, hated, and on and on and on and on. What’s on your list?


  1. Richard Thomas

      So many great things in here, thanks Roxane.

  2. Roxane

      I would love to learn that. I basically shatter eggs and hope the yolk survives the debris.

  3. Trey

      that syllabus is interesting. the class seems a lot more rigorous than any of the undergrad workshops I took (although I took poetry, not fiction, though that doesn’t really matter re: rigourousness). seems like it would be awesome if it were the only class you were taking. I especially like that the students can see all of each other’s comments.

      also, I’m biased but 10.6 is pretty much off the hook.

  4. jesusangelgarcia

      Beautiful compilation, as always, Roxane. The Sanford and Jones pieces slayed me. DOLLAS, I tape that to my forehead so I remember why I write when I’m brushing my teeth.

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  7. Sarah Malone

      Love this. Pane’s syllabus is terrific. 1000+ yes:

      Judge the story the writer wrote, not the one you want to write.

      And to the rigor of his requirements. I wish Blackboard software was less kludge-y.

      I’m interested in the reading list’s relative weight towards relatively contemporary fiction; one wants to engage in The Way We Write NowTM but I trust less than I used to that writers, grad and undergrad and myself included, will be versed in what contemporary work is responding to and why it makes the choices it does (since it’s an advanced syllabus Pane presumably has a lot more control over/knowledge of that than one might if planning an intro course).

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