Friday, June 25, 2010

Recommended Reading

One of my former FAU undergrads, Shaun Hutchinson, has published a young adult novel with Simon & Schuster:
Deathday Letter. A nice reminder that your best bet for a writing community is your classmates (not your teacher), and that CRW 3010 students are often serious business. And while I'm here, a shout out to the very first person I met in my first fiction workshop back when I was a college freshman, Alexander Woo, now an award-winning writer for the oh-so-popular True Blood.

p.s. In case you haven't noticed, the blog is pretty much on hiatus until further notice (read: when I feel like it).

Monday, June 07, 2010

Recommended Reading

One of my graduate students has a story published in the current Grey Sparrow Journal. Check it out.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Recommended Reading

My friend and colleague Becka McKay has translations in the latest issue of PEN America. Check it out.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Feed by M.T. Anderson

This futuristic young adult novel takes place in a world where anyone who nowadays would have an Internet connection at home essentially has it in their brains instead--this is called the feed. They can IM each other without talking, can look up any information they want, can share memories, and they stream ads pretty much continuously. They also have flying cars and party on the Moon and stuff like that, but the key to the novel is the feed. So introducing the feed to readers is not too hard and establishing its cool futuristic factor is not too hard. But what's interesting is Anderson chooses to have the feed malfunction for the narrator early in the novel and then come back. And that way the true value of the feed (and obvious negatives of the feed) are made very clear to readers. And so when the feed is at stake for another character, we get it... Most writers I think would have just established this cool (and horrifying) thing and then put it at risk. But Anderson establishes it, takes it away, gives it back, and then puts it at risk... kind of like the Turkish proverb that says if God wants you to appreciate soemthing he first takes it away and then gives it back to you. Philosophically sound and a good plot device.