Place is often something you don’t see because you’re so familiar with it… But in fact it is the information your reader most wants to know. -Dorothy Allison
Steve Almond has a excellent piece over at the Rumpus that uses the current FUBAR unraveling at VQR as a springboard to investigate the relationship between editors, ambition, and angry dependence (in 33 loosely jointed parts).
Here’s a highlight:
31. Our job, then, is two-fold: to focus on our own failings as writers. But also to speak more forcefully as advocates for literature. Books are a powerful antidote for loneliness, for the moral purposelessness of the leisure class. It’s our job to convince the 95 percent of people who don’t read books, who instead medicate themselves in front of screens, that literary art isn’t some esoteric tradition, but a direct path to meaning, to an understanding of the terror that lives beneath our consumptive ennui. It’s hard to make this case, though, if all we do is squabble with each other and lament our obscurity.
This is the best thing I’ve read all week.
The Chronicle of Higher Education just posted an article investigating last month’s suicide of VQR’s managing editor, Kevin Morrissey. Allegedly, the suicide was motivated by workplace bullying. The culprit: Ted Genoway.
I’m not sure how accurate this article is–quite a few accusations and assumptions–but the whole scene is just sad.
As Jason recently pointed out, the interweb is aflutter with Anis Shivani/Huffington Post backlash. I don’t care for lashings, but I’ve never been one to pass up a ride on the ol’ bandwagon, so away we go:
Steve O.K.’s Top Ten Bonanza of Things that Rate as the Most Overrated Things:
10. Professional Designers – Seriously, just get some college kids to do it pro bono.
9. Being the first to “turn a phrase” - Steal someone else’s instead and pretend it’s your own.
7. Constant news – No news is good news.
6. Electric pencil sharpeners – Fine, handcrafted pencil sharpening is a dying art. Support the arts!!!!
5. Not taking drugs before work – Acid is recommended.
4. New York City – More like “Big Yawn City.” Am I right, or am I right?
3. Listing things that are overrated – Because, you know, who really cares.