To close tabs… And as someone who just sent 90 incredibly rough pages of fiction, two essays, an annotated bibliography and a letter via the e-mail to close out the semester, I can truly say: Boy, my arms are tired and I need a drink. This MFA stuff is not for wimps, I’m telling you. (And, please, for the love of all that exists, don’t start about how much harder real physical labor is. Please. That’s a different kind of hard.) And now we go to a workshop! (But there’s an after-party!)
- The Rake summarizes the low points–as only he can–of responses regarding litblogs from NBCC members in a recent survey on ethics in book reviewing. If that’s not enough, here’s more crankypantsing.
- The Beast of Bolivia, N.C. (Via Jenny.)
- I am beginning to love Numb3rs, despite inconsistent writing, for the sheer geek-love exhibited by this show. Not to mention the continued casting of just about everyone who has ever been on The Wire in a character role. Also, they cast the bad guy from Real Genius and the inventor of the flux capacitor in back-to-back episodes.
- Bill Clinton vs. George Saunders. (Via Erin.)
- The idea issue of NYT Magazine.
- John Kessel’s new collection=makes me happy even when my brain is fried!