Two items we have to tell you about! Two are from the world of books, two are from the world of New York. (That’s right, they’re the same two, because books and New York are a cranky married couple that can’t get enough of each other.)
- NY Through the Lens (above left) is becoming an extremely attractive book, and that book is available for pre-sale right now. If you like your New York to be at once intimately familiar and constantly smitten with its own newness, then this book is destined for your coffee table.
- Never Can Say Goodbye (above right) isn’t a Tumblr book, per se, but it’s a fine collection of New York essays (a genre unto itself) and it’s thick with Tumblr luminaries like Alex Chee, Jenna Wortham, Rachel Syme, Jason Diamond, Isaac Fitzgerald. (We stole that list from the perfect Maris Kreizman, whose own essay touches on how her Tumblr, which is both “silly” and “singularly mine,” helped her find her way into the whole New Yorky, internetty, Tumblry community.)
Whew. Two mouthfuls up there, but it seemed important that we let you know about this beautiful stuff that, hey, you’re pretty much already a part of.
Manhattan skyline photo via nythroughthelens
The Perfect Maris Kreizman.
You might be wondering, “What is this hilarious and delightful blog that keeps showing up on my dash? Is it something from a dream?” The answer is, “It’s a new literary humor/comedy site called Hot Hot Phone, and maybe you dreamed about it if you have super insane dreams.”
What sort of comedy does Hot Hot Phone post?: Mostly short writing pieces (between 200-500 words), occasionally funny lists, original comics, and humorous images!
Who writes it?: You do! Submit your pieces (title, your name, and the content pasted in the body of the email) to firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ve had contributors who’ve written for McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs, College Humor, and much more!
What is that photo?: That is the founder of HHP’s father, and his poodle, Pierre in 1963.
How did Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States, die?: He ate raw cherries and iced milk, the combination of which caused him severe intestinal ailments and ultimately killed him.
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People think I’m being catty if I answer a question with too few words so I gotta couch this one in a preamble and postscript, but the actual whole answer is “fiction.” That’s really all: fiction. I think Amazon has it down as “literary fiction,” I’m not really sure what that means precisely because of my “what really is the function of genre classification?” reservations but you could probably sneak that one past your teacher, genre fiends are duty-bound to love a category like “literary fiction.” And what do I know, maybe they’re right: sometimes I’ll pick up a book and get about halfway through it and think “I want something that’s more about asking questions, or creating a space in which questions get asked, than about explaining to me what things happened and how” — this, maybe, is the space of “literary fiction”? But my gut says “no,” The Worm Ouroboros is as “literate” as Gogol and I love them both, but at the same time I get that there’re books that tell you a story and there are books that ask you “what’s this story about?” and I think the latter get called “literary fiction” but if I’m you in this situation I plant my FICTION flag on the unbroken ground and see what happens.
If you’re just tuning in to our program already in progress, John is still the greatest.
Panelists Farrin Jacobs (editor, I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition), Robin Morgan (author & activist), Maya Nussbaum (Girls Write Now Executive Director), Beena Kamlani (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House), Bridgett M. Davis (author, Into the Go-Slow), Taysha Clark (Girls Write Now Youth Board Co-Chair), and Rachel Fershleiser (Author & Publisher Outreach at Tumblr).
Very proud to have appeared with this brilliant group of women. Especially looking forward to voting for Taysha Clark for President of the United States in 20 or 30 years.