There’s this really great blog post at Third Face by xTx about a weekend of writing. There’s one by Mary Hamilton about staring at the wall (and well, more). Â Barry Graham writes about writer mystique and this is all happened in the past day so what I’m trying to say here is, are you reading Third Face? You should be.
Speaking of Mary Hamilton, have you bought her chapbook We Know What We Are? Do so. It is gorgeously put together. True craftsmanship went into this book both in content and design. She is profiled by Time Out Chicago, too. I learned she is an optician which is very interesting. I need new glasses. I should put these two things together.
Fifty-Two Stories features Jensen Beach this week.
The Shell of Reflection, by Eric Beeny, is live at A Minor.
At Dark Sky, Elisa Gabbert has a little poem.
Everyday Genius has been really great so far this month. Check out this fine story from Christy Crutchfield. Â There’s also Â One About Circles by Gabe Durham in the same magazine. Is Everyday Genius the most consistently excellent magazine out there? The case could be made. Why aren’t more people talking about the whole month of July over there? It was, well, the word that comes to mind is searing. That month’s content was put together by Kate Zambreno. Â Every story that was posted was shocking or raw or visceral or haunting or disturbing or all of the above. She’s not a contributor but Megan Milks’s Girl With Expectorating Orifices is a story that I’ve thought about over and over since I first read it. And there was also this beast by Janey Smith. I kind of want to laze about reading this story over and over and over. Also, did you notice how every story was written by a woman or a female persona? I know it’s hard to keep up with the overwhelming amount of great content online in addition to the other demands on our lives but if you get a minute, read, think, discuss: Everyday Genius, July and every other month, awesome, challenging, innovative.
I. Fontana has a fierce story at Annalemma, another consistently excellent magazine. You should read this story. I am talking to you. Read, love, love.
I must admit I infatuated with Brian Oliu. He has been writing these Missed Connection ads for Craigslist. Check out this and that. Also, there’s this fine essay about spin class. Yes, I’ve linked to it before but that’s okay. Some things should be read more than once. I would like to know how to pronounce his last name.
It’s worth the reminder every now and again but Sheldon Lee Compton’s Beat Country is a fine, fine collection of writing.
Part II of Kirsty Logan’s How to Be a Writer is now up at Metazen. She also offers a prayer at On Earth As It is. Speaking of Metazen, Frank Hinton isn’t a contributor yet but Frank is writing some outstanding things and it just has to be said. There’s this and this
Some very short fiction by Scott Garson is reprinted at Flash Fiction.net.
Southword 18, with fiction edited by Tania Hershman, includes a story by Ethel Rohan.
Jason Jordan’s The Absalom Society appears in Pale House.
In the new issue of 50 to 1, a brief fiction from Desmond Kon.
At MiCrow, a very short story from J. Bradley.
Meg Pokrass and Jack Swenson’s Naughty, Naughty is available here.
Aquarium, a chapbook by Ryan Bradley is now for sale from Thunderclap Press. Get on it.
Twice Stung, by Steve Himmer appears at Monkeybicycle this week.
Ethel (Rohan, obvi) interviews Amber Sparks at Dark Sky Magazine.
Two new poems by Ocean Vuong are available for your reading pleasure at Mascara Review.
Richard Fellinger’s Memoirs of a Little League Dad is up at Sarah LaPolla’s blog, Glass Cases.