Thank you everyone who has signed up so far for the HTMLGIANT Secret Santa Gift Exchange for Independent Literature. As of right now, we have 60 people signed up to take part in the gift exchange, including some people from the United Kingdom. I am amazed; this has sort of gotten out of hand. So thank you for this.
So. We have nine days until the due date. Those of you who are participating, I ask you for your help in spreading word. Some of you have already blogged about it; great stuff. Keep on doing that. Do other things too. Those of you who are still trying decide, well, you have plenty of time. I suggest you take Thanksgiving to think it over. Hopefully, you’ll get drunk and email us. Unlike other things that happen when you get drunk, this is one you won’t regret.
Let’s try for 100?
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Um, can anybody say Rauan Klassnik’s HOLY LAND + Zach Schomburg’s THE MAN SUIT knockout blowjob? That will take you down harder than the turkey swelling. Get that shit together.
I emailed Tarek al-Hariri this (unnecessarily formal) email the other night after he commented on the post about his new journal, The Rome Review. He emailed me back and including a complete list of contributors for the debut issue.
Thank you for commenting on my post at HTMLGIANT regarding The Rome Review.
I admit that it did not occur to me at the time that there had been a misunderstanding about Diaz being published in your journal. Thank you for clarifying that as well as providing for us a complete list of your contributing authors. That was much appreciated. I’ll have to link to it or bump it to the front of the page to make sure the rest of our readers have a chance to see it.
Also, thank you for being patient with us. We’re a rough crowd at times (both our contributors and our readers), and we like to gossip about things, to question them, to talk trash, etc. Everyone is kindhearted, but also opinionated over here.
I do sincerely wish you luck with the journal. I hope you can publish exactly what you want to publish.
And here is his response:
Thanks for the note; I really appreciate it.
We’ve received several submissions as a result of the publicity from your blog-post so we appreciate the attention! Blake Butler sent us an incredible piece; It’s exactly what we’re looking for.
I thank you for offering to link our author list. I’ve attached it.
“Everyone is kindhearted, but also opinionated over here.” Thank god for that; you have no idea how refreshing that is, a lot of people in college here seem to have forgot how to feel and think a long while back.
And here is his list of contributors for the debut issue:
Authors who have been accepted and will appear in the debut issue of The Rome Review:
Steve Almond, author of the short story collections The Evil B.B. Chow and My Life in Heavy Metal, the non-fiction novel Candy Freak and Not That You Asked
Marshall Boswell, author of Alternative Atlanta, Trouble With Girls and Understanding David Foster Wallace
Patrick Bouvet (translated by Frank Wynne), author of the poetry collections Canon, Direct, and Shot
Blake Butler, (pending) work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Willow Springs, Harpur Palate, and others.
Stephen Cushman, author of Heart Island, Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (ed.)
Junot Díaz (interview), Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the short story collection Drown
John Domini, author of Highway Trade, Talking Heads: 77, Books and Rough Business, and Earthquake ID
Thomas Sayers Ellis (artwork and poetry), author of The Good Junk, The Genuine Negro Hero, Song On, and The Maverick Room
Norton Girault (fiction and poetry), has appeared in MSS, Crescent Review, Timbuktu, and Snake Nation Review
Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of Men Without Bliss and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers
Joumana Haddad, administrator of Booker-IPAF prize, author of Time For a Dream, Invitation to a Secret Feast and Two Hands to the Abyss
Mickey S. Hess, author of Icons of Hip Hop and Is Hip Hop Dead?
Roy Kesey, author of All Over and Nothing in the World
Nestan-Nene Kvinikadze, author of Ispahan Nightingales
David Means, O’Henry Prize-winning author of the story collections A Quick Kiss of Redemption, The Secret Goldfish and Assorted Fire Events
Aimee Parkison, author of the short story collection Van Windows
George Singleton, author of Work Shirts for Mad Men, The Half Mammals of Dixie and Novel
Eric Vrooman, fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, The Cream City Review, Passages North, and Ninth Letter
G. C. Waldrep, author of Goldbeater’s Skin and One Way No Exit
William Wall, author of This is the Country, The Map of Tenderness, Minding Children and Alice Falling
Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and Mr Sebastian and the Negro Magician
Jake Adam York, author of Murder Ballads and A Murmuration of Starlings
That is all. Carry on.
November 25th, 2008 / 6:55 pm
Twelve Stories says that they will put out an issue whenever they reach the critical mass of having–wait for it–twelve stories that they want to publish. I like this attitude.
November 25th, 2008 / 1:22 pm
I wonder if you google Trickhouse if you can find local whores. Probably everything you google ends up at whores eventually.
Anyway, you don’t need google, cause here’s a link: TRICKHOUSE.ORG
Curated by Noah Saterstrom, the house just keeps getting trickier.
visual artist: Eric Baden
writers: Brenda Iijima, Rebecca Brown, Michelle Naka Pierce
guest curator: Miriam Kathrein
sound: Andrew Klobucar
video: Abigail Child
correspondent: Erik Anderson
interview: Mathias Svalina with Shelton Walsmith
experiment: Denise Uyegara with Natalie Nguyen
Videos, experimental, an emphasis on visual art, language shits, et al. I really like the videos (‘Blonde Fur’ is particularly eerie.) and the roomy layout. Trickhouse is dope.
November 25th, 2008 / 3:05 am
My ball skin wears thinner every time I hear/read the words ‘Tao Lin’. Statements like ‘Tao Lin is the King of Bloggers’, ‘I love Tao Lin’, ‘Tao Lin is a great guy’, and ‘Tao Lin saved my life’ are thrown around free and excessive. I don’t get it. Tao Lin is not a ‘good guy’ and he’s not necessarily a ‘bad guy’.
He’s a self-interested writer type of guy.
Most of Tao Lin’s persona attributes are misconstrued (specifically the guise of neutrality) by his readership of emotionally distraught teenage girls.
Leave a comment on Tao Lin’s blog; he’ll respond back with a very unimaginative ‘I am glad’ or ‘thank you for’ and end with restating your comment.
Reader: ‘Tao Lin your poetry saved my life’
Tao Lin: ‘Reader I am glad my poetry saved your life’
Send Tao Lin an email describing how “EEE EEE EEE” helped you survive being committed to a mental hospital for self-mutilation because you, as a human being, could not cope with the torture and abuse endured at home; he’ll respond with the same unimaginative reply of ‘I am glad’ or ‘thank you’ or may not reply at all.
Occasionally, he will freely give away books to people expressing desire to read a ‘Tao Lin book’ they may not be able to afford. Nothing altruistic exists in his actions.
He does not often post comments on other blogs. When he does, the comments will be centered around him completely dismissing the subject of the blog post. Don’t be surprised if he asks you what font size is used on that post about how your wife had a miscarriage.
Shock announcement: TAO LIN DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU.
Tao Lin is fond of citing his indifference, neutrality and world view. This is all part of his gimmick. Tao Lin is not indifferent or neutral and the only world view I can perceive is a world view of Tao Lin being famous.
Post a comment on Tao’s blog indicating you’re a professor wanting to teach his books to this year’s creative writing students; Tao Lin will interact and become very interested in your goals.
Email Tao letting him know you are a semi-famous person who enjoys his work; he’ll interact with you and blog about it.
Tao has spent monolithic efforts to promote his work and aesthetic. More hours have been spent trying to get linked by Gawker than replying to a single email from a teenage girl reaching out while feeling very alone and suicidal because her alcoholic step-father beats her.
Tao Lin is not indifferent.
A lizard is indifferent. It exists, bathes in the sun, eats, sleeps, and reproduces. That is indifference. What it doesn’t do is fret over being famous, promote its work with every breath and action, and desperately strive toward a very specific style/persona.
Tao Lin is far from indifferent. Don’t let him fool you. Don’t excuse what he does because he seems meek. He is quite aware of his actions.
I do not blame the emotionally damaged teenagers for confusing this concept. The rest of you are shameful.
If you can’t please Adam, you can’t please this V of me. See here now:
HTML GIANT is Secret Santa. What this means is you email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you want to participate and they email you a person’s name and then you send them some indie lit present, like a subscription or a book. There are more details, too. Check it out: Secret Santa.
For the occasion PGP is offering Rupert Wondolowski’s book, THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES AS A HEATED MOLE SUIT, at a reduced price of $9, shipping included. Email email@example.com if you want to order internationally.
Other great Secret Santa ideas are:
a Keyhole subscription
Mud Luscious Press books
Verb Sap by M. Magnus from Narrow House Press
What are other awesome things I’ve bought in the last couple weeks
A long arm stapler I think is a good present for anyone who cares about indie lit
Abraham Lincoln book ends
Talk has begun re: No Colony 2, maybe you could buy your person a publication in pink
I finally read Altmann’s Tongue, that’d make a good gift
Preorder the book Ryan Call will be publishing someday I imagine; THIS IS THE ONE I WANT
Just get them Rupert Wondolowski’s book he’s been at this game for years and years