I’m home with some sort of truly nasty crud, currently watching an episode of the A-Team on Sleuth, which bears the following description: "The team works from a pub to stop a loan shark from terrorizing small businesses; guest Wings Hauser." (The commercials they show on this network are terrible, sad and funny.) Next I’ll watch Rosie on The View. A few things:
- Liza Palmer has ended her fabulous personal blog, but will still be posting at The 5 Spot group blog. I linked to Liza as recently as yesterday, so this makes me sad. But let’s hope there’ll be more writing advice and Poet pictures anyway.
- Matt Cheney on why we should all be happy that about Michael Palmer winning the Wallace Stevens award. After reading several of his exceptional poems here, I’m convinced.
- Justine divulges the secretest secrets of how to write a novel.
- Niall Harrison with a whole bunch of links related to Slipstreamy goodness and debates thereof. Meanwhile, Graham Sleight continues Strange Horizons slipstream-themed week of reviews with a look at The Vintage Book of Amnesia, edited by Jonathan Lethem, which came out in 2000. This is one of my favorite anthologies and my only quibble with Sleight’s review is that it doesn’t mention Shirley Jackson’s "Nightmare," one of my favorite stories in the book (and of Jackson’s). (But I’ll grant that it’s far too rich an anthology for every story to get its due; especially when how these stories might speak to definitions of slipstream is the main concern.)
- Take the Fantasy or Football? quiz. (Via Rarely Likable.)
Now I go back to collapsing. Emails I owe you will come soon. Promise.