Thursday, December 20, 2007


Some things to check out before we break for a week or two:

  • Fiction alum Art Taylor has a series of mystery book reviews over at the Washington Post. Also, he let me know that the next MFA Alumni newsletter (the winter edition, I'm guessing) should have a plug for our blog, but he didn't reveal anything else about its contents. I imagine we can expect to get the newsletter soon though, and hopefully a few more readers will stop by as a result.
  • This is an older article, but I just came across it recently. The Mason Gazette profiled fiction alumna Elyse Becker here.
  • Non-fiction Mike is doing his best to grow a beard by the time he turns 30 in a few weeks. Visit him at his blog, Beard By 30, to read about it, and send him luck.
  • I will not challenge this person to play Scrabbulous.
  • MFA programs in the UK are catching on, it seems, but they're called MA programs, I guess.
  • The New Yorker published Lethem's Fall for the Book story "The King of Sentences." The afternoon before he read it in Harris Theater, he emailed the file to me so I could print it out. Therefore, I am famous by association.
  • A different kind of holiday-inspired, literature-related list: Author Suicides.
  • New issue of the online journal The Quarterly Conversation is up.

Okay, that's all I've got.


  1. If you want to hone your Scrabbulous skills, play Free Rice at and give rice to poor people while you're doing it.

    And when you become famous with the use of "anechoic," I, too, will claim famous-by-association status.

  2. i have played the free rice thing

    i cant get past level 41?

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  4. I don't believe you.

    Although it's encouraging to know William Styron swore by a Thesaurus, according to the Charlie Rose interview posted at EditWrite. I disagree with the characterization there of Alexandra Styron's piece in the New Yorker though, I really loved that piece. I recommend people read it and see. It's not online yet though.