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This Week: Open Letters to Punctuation Marks, Jane Austen’s Fight Club & More

By JK Evanczuk on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - View Comments

Open letters to punctuation marks.

Ships that pass is a Tumblr of “fake, imagined, and literary missed connections posted to Craigslist and then re-posted here with real and actual responses to fake, imagined, and literary missed connections.”

Alex Epstein’s 3 micro stories over at The Outlet are worth a read.

“This is Just to Say That I’m Tired of Sharing an Apartment With William Carlos Williams.”

An interesting note on who reads bestsellers from The Rumpus:

“A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better. An American who read just one book this year was disproportionately likely to have read The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. He almost certainly liked it.”

The Nervous Breakdown talks experimental fiction.

Aaaand because this is so SCRUMPTIOUS that I have no choice but to share, here is…Jane Austen’s Fight Club: Read more »

This Week: Famous Writers on RateMyProfessors.com, Poking Fun at Nicholas Sparks

By JK Evanczuk on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - Comments Off
Surrrree this is what I'm actually reading. Why do you ask?

Surrrree this is what I'm actually reading. Why do you ask?

These new highbrow book jackets mean you can read finally read Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks, and Twilight without fear or shame, via.

Angels are the new vampires.

An interesting and epic list of writers’ accouterments.

Read about famous writers on Rate My Professors, via.

Why a poem knows what it doesn’t know.

Electric Literature announced the winners of the #stuffmymusesays contest on Monday. The runners up: Hey babe. Love your dialogue.” & It’s fun, but you know what would be more fun? If we set it on fire.” & Take off your pants. The ideas can’t get in.” The winner: “This book will destroy you.”

How the paperback changed literature.

Aaaand because it’s Wednesday and I’ve already started making fun of Nicholas Sparks and I might as well keep going, here is how to write a Nicholas Sparks movie: Read more »

Why I Love Crappy Books

By JK Evanczuk on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - Comments Off
"The Da Vinci Code" actually translates to "The Of Vinci Code." Which makes no sense. Score one for Dan Brown.

"The Da Vinci Code" actually translates to "The Of Vinci Code." Which makes no sense. Score one for Dan Brown.

Because they’re just as useful, if not more so, than good books in learning how to write well. See also: How To Write Badly Well.

Because, even if you can’t actually learn anything about writing from them, they can still be a boon to your self-esteem as a writer by comparison.

Because they can (sometimes) be unabashedly guilty pleasures. See also: the Twilight series, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Notebook,¬†anything by Dan Brown.

Because they can be a wonderful source of unintentional humor. See also: Dan Brown’s 20 Worst sentences. This made me laugh for about twenty minutes: Read more »

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Midweek Pick-Me-Up

By JK Evanczuk on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - Comments Off

This week: more Dan Brown, writers groups in Second Life, former presidential candidates turning to fiction, plus your pick-me-up, after the jump.

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Midweek Pick-Me-Up

By JK Evanczuk on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - Comments Off

This week: the Dan Brown clusterfuck, Amish smut, and some fantastic author lists from HTMLGIANT, along with your pick-me-up, after the jump.

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