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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.”

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26 Apr

~five things you must read this week~ 

Op-Ed: Progressive News Organizations Fueled by Unpaid Labor from The Oberlin Review (Monday, April 25th):  Commentary Editor Monica Klein (OC’ 11) writes about the paradox of liberal newspapers and magazines demanding higher wages while simultaneously refusing to pay their interns.

It’s About Fit, Not Data from The New York Times (Friday, April 1, 2011): Oberlin College Dean of Arts and Sciences and chemistry/biochemistry professor Sean Decatur does some number-crunching to determine why the acceptance rate at academically selective institutions like Oberlin is lower than ever, despite an easier-than-before application process.

We Are All Writers Now from The Oberlin Alumni Magazine (Spring 2011 Vol. 106, No.2): Anne Trubek (OC ’88 and associate professor of Rhetoric and Composition) asks how social media is changing what it means to be a writer in this digital age, both for the professional and amateur.

A Match Made in Oberlin: Finding Love on Computer Date Night from The Oberlin Alumni Magazine (Spring 2011 Vol. 106, No.2): Amanda Nagay describes how in 1965, Oberlin freshman Paul Lewis launched what may have been one of the first attempts at an online dating source—and shares some surprising and heartwarming pairings.

Oberlin College graduates awarded fellowship to travel the world and choose a topic to study from The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Sunday April 24, 2011): Karen Farkas writes about two exceptional Obies awarded $25,000 fellowships to study international female distance runners and the lives of those on cargo freighters.