Words of the Week, May 02, 2011

2 May

–five things you must read this week—

Interview with Eileen Myles from The Rumpus (April 28th, 2011)

            Oberlin assistant professor of creative writing Chelsey Johnson sits down with poet and author Eileen Myles to talk about Miles’ recent work, Inferno: A Poet’s Novel, about women as writers, and about sexuality.

Spoken Word Performances Captivate from The Oberlin Review (May 2, 2011)

          Kif Leswing (OC ’11) reviews two “performance poetry” showings on campus this past week by Climbing Poe Tree and Buddy Wakefield.

Fluff Piece: the meandering truth about cats and writers from Full-Stop by John Farley (May 2, 2011)

          “If the future of innovative literature is indeed online, then it seems logical that two paths—the historical relationship between writers and cats, and the web’s odd infatuation with cats—are about to collide, ushering in a yet unattained golden age of kitty literature.  What will we make of this bizarre love triangle between author, cat, and Internet?  How will we read a cat singularity?”

The Millions Top Ten List, April from The Millions (May 1, 2011)

          I haven’t read any of these books.  Looks like I need to get with the program!

Pitons in the Monolith: Jonathan Franzen’s Despair and the Millennials’ Dream from The Millions by Michael Bourne (April 29, 2011)

“But look closely and you’ll see that young writers are entering the arena in droves. The web is teeming these days with literary blogs and ’zines written by and for people under 30: The Rejectionist, HTMLGiant, and Full-Stop to name just a few. Two of the best novels of this year, Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia, are by women in their twenties. According to blogger Seth Abramson, who tracks creative writing program rankings at The Suburban Ecstasies, the twenty most selective MFA programs are now harder to get into than Harvard Medical School.”


2 Responses to “Words of the Week, May 02, 2011”

  1. Chelsey May 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Thanks for the Myles link, Ariel! I love that you’re doing this blog.


  1. Bulletin: Emma Straub OC’02 to read at Oberlin « ocbooklove - May 2, 2011

    […] Alex Shephard (also an OC alum) interviewed Straub over at full-stop.net, which I should have included in this week’s words of the week! […]

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