Monthly Archives: February 2011

Quote of the day


The chief duty of a narrative sentence is to lead to the next sentence.

Ursula K. LeGuin, Steering the Craft.



A few new things

An interview with Lise Saffran, author of Juno’s Daughters.  Lise and I were at Iowa at the same time, so I can say with confidence that she’s a delightful person as well as a very talented writer.  She’s reading at Powell’s at Cedar Hill Crossing at 7 pm this Thursday.  I highly recommend going to listen and chat.

A strange new story up at the venerable, esteemed, and in-all-ways-wonderful Hunger Mountain, and a little interview to go with it.

And a little interview with the awesome folks at PANK, to go along with that double shot of office ennui back in December.

Welcome home to everyone who braved the winter weather to get to AWP in DC.  Sounds like some epic times were had.

Oh come ON.

The estimable VIDA offers some shaming stats on the number of women who review at, and whose books are reviewed by, the major magazines.  Meghan O’Rourke picks the story up at Slate; good comments in both places.

NPR reports on the lack of women contributing to Wikipedia.  (87% male contributors.)

The OpEd Project counts the percentages of oped pieces by men and women in major news outlets.  Guess how that works out.

HuffPost asks:  where are all the women in film?

Seriously, come ON.  To all the folks who pick up their New York Review of Books and don’t notice the bylines–or who notice and say in a thoughtful, beard-strokey manner, “But women just don’t compete the way men do,” or “But this magazine has mostly male readers, so of course they want male writers”: COME ON. Seriously.

Behold: this is what systemic bias looks like.