Bookmarked! 19th September 2008

Mock exams just ended this morning, so I’m popping by to throw some links your way.

  • David Foster Wallace committed suicide a couple of days back, and it prompted an outcry of sadness from major swathes of the blogosphere. I spent much of my (already limited) online time reading articles dedicated to his memory, excerpts of his work, and pretty much catching up on his life and times. It felt strange, knowing I should be mourning the loss of a brilliant writer, but I had no idea who he was. McSweeney’s has a long thread of people penning their memories of him, amongst them Zadie Smith:

    He was my favourite. I didn’t feel he had an equal amongst living writers. We corresponded and met a few times but I stuttered and my hands shook. The books meant too much to me: I was just another howling fantod. In person, he had a great purity. I had a sense of shame in his presence, though he was meticulous about putting people at their ease. It was the exact same purity one finds in the books: If we must say something, let’s at least only say true things.

    Ah, the ignorance of youth. I am left with dipping my hands into a stagnant pool of work, never to know how it must have felt like to know Wallace in person.

  • Muse’s Success is a new listing site, similar in concept to Pages Unbound (read: crowd powered, no editors). Programmer Chris Clarke says it’s running on WordPress for the time being, but plans are underway to switch to a custom platform. Interested writers submit your work here.
  • Lethe Bashar has completed the Las Vegas section of his The Novel Of Life. I’m still reading the first part, though, so I can’t really tell you how it is. Project page has a wonderful summary; check it out here.
  • Sol Mann’s blook: Estimated Time of Arrival, is based on his true experiences with travel and drugs (amongst other things) in Costa Rica.
  • I wrote about Urbis sometime ago, and it seems that they’ve gotten a literary agency to check out the writers on their site. Their PR blurb says they’ve ‘started with the best': one LJK Literary Management, under Time Warner Book CEO Larry Kaufman. Opportunity page over here.
  • Why people pirate games. Some very interesting insights on why and how piracy works on the Internet.

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  • Chris Poirier

    Doh! I’d started reading Estimated Time of Arrival when we listed it, and for some reason, I thought I’d already reviewed it. I’d better get on it!

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • Eli James

    No problem, Chris. Sol actually emailed me about his blook, so I thought it’ll be good to put it up here. I wonder, though – why does Blogger mark it as explicit content?

  • Chris Clarke

    Thanks for the link. :) It’s appreciated.

  • Eli James

    You’re welcomed, Chris. Novelr’s for the community, after all. Part of my job is to release shoutouts.

  • Sol Mann

    Thanks so much for the plug Eli! :)

    I actually decided to put the content warning up (even though there are no explicit pictures or anything) just to be on the safe side. The story gets progressively more graphic.

    When I was reading the fine print for blogger I found a part that said you can get in trouble if they decide it needs the warning and you didn’t put it up. Smart move? Bad move? Not necesary?

    Thanks again!


    PS: Oh and Chris, I did revise chapter 3 this afternoon. :P Thanks again guys!

  • Lethe

    David Foster Wallace lived in my hometown (Bloomington, IL) while he was writing Infinite. He may even been born here, not sure. But his spirit looms, especially after his death. I’ve known several people who met him and who saw him at AA meetings, which he was going to for a time for his depression. He seems to have a huge fan following and is revered as one of the greats; there is a article in the NYtimes titled “The Best Mind of his Generation”. Here’s a snippit: “The moods that Mr. Wallace distilled so vividly on the page–the gradations of sadness and madness embedded in the obssessive, recursive, exhausting prose style that characterized both his journalism and his fiction–crystallized an unhappy collective consciousness.”

    Thanks for the support Eli.

  • jz

    “Ah, the ignorance of youth. ”

    To be honest, I hadn’t ever heard of David Foster Wallace before last week either (and I can really count myself a youth at this point). For better or for worse, I’m considerably more aware of genre fiction than literary fiction.

    I should take a look at his work.

  • jz

    That should have been “I can’t really count myself a youth…”

  • Sonja

    This has absolutely nothing to do with well the topic at hand, but I just wanted to thank you for having this site. The links you’ve provided on your publishing category posts have been helpful for me in writing my Information Essay for college.

    So…danke schoen!