Reviews, interviews by/about National Book Critics Circle members. This week: Amy Bloom’s Lucky Us reviewed by Priscilla Gilman, former NBCC president John Freeman discusses his new series of anthologies, former NBCC board member and biography finalist Ben Moser checks in with Tablet about his Sontag biography in progress, Rigoberto Gonzalez reviews new Francisco Goldman, bio…plus James Bond authors post Ian Fleming, Wm T. Vollmann & more
In David Lamelas’s performance-art piece, “Time,” participants line up and wait for what they estimate to be one minute before calling out the time. Carolyn Kormann reflects on her experience: http://nyr.kr/X4Z1St
“I stiffened when the camera turned on me, wondering what I should do with…
Coming back for another fabulous year at Lit Crawl is 100 Word Story!
From 100 Word Story: One hundred seems perfect. It’s the basis of percentages, the perfect test score, the boiling point of water (Celsius), purity. Pythagoreans considered 100 as divine because it is the square (10 x 10) of the divine decad (10), whatever the fuck that means. Even a Scrabble set has 100 tiles. And yet 100 is a fragment. It’s an arbitrary marker, like the “First 100 Days” of a president’s term—merely a promise of what’s to come, or a whiff of what has passed. The whole is a part and the part is a whole. The 100-word format forces the writer to question each word, to reckon with Flaubert’s mot juste in a way that even most flash fiction doesn’t. At the same time the brevity of the form allows the writer “to keep a story free from explanation,” as Walter Benjamin wrote.
100 Word Story
Watch for our 100 word story reading at Litquake’s Litcrawl, October 18, San Francisco, with 100 Word Story editor Grant Faulkner Lynn Mundell, Pamela Painter, Jane Ciabattari, Meg Pokrass, Niree Noel, James Thomas.
Jane Ciabattari’s picks, including Leonardo Sciascia, “one of the first writers who dared to reveal how the mafia controlled small towns in his native Sicily.”
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter (F, 20s, black tshirt, tattoos on right arm, jeans, yoga mat strapped to back, 33rd St Path)