Archive for ‘Writing’

February 2, 2011

a story by past participant Dawn Promislow

A newly published story by Dawn Promislow, SLS 09 participant, set in Vilnus.


Maple Tree Literary Supplement.

August 9, 2010

More from the World of Friends of SLS

Kevin Canty’s Everything in the New Yorker

SLS Montreal reader/moderator/community liaison Ian Orti reviewed in The Globe and Mail

Chuck Klosterman catches up with Bill Simmons on the BS Report

May 24, 2010


SLS Montreal faculty member Kevin Canty has recently launched a new website in support of his forthcoming novel, Everything. Canty has taken on the herculean task of completing and posting a new short story every month for the next year; you can read the first installment, “King of the Elephants,” here.

May 10, 2010

Globe and Mail Africa Special Feature

The Globe and Mail is edited on May 10 by two guest editors – anti-poverty activists Bono and Bob Geldof – who produced a special issue focused on the future of Africa and its importance not just for the more than 1 billion people living on that continent, but for Canadians and the rest of the West as well.  See the full section here.

May 4, 2010

Martin Espada in the Huffington Post

SLS Montreal poetry faculty member Martin Espada has a poem featured in the Huffington Post.  Enjoy it here.

April 19, 2010


SLS Montreal special guest Robert Coover wrote prophetically about the future of hypertext and the end of printed books way back in 1992, when the rest of us were still listening to Nirvana and most of us were accessing Prodigy on our dialup connections.  Some of hypertext’s innovations as seen by Coover–the incorporation of statistics charts, song lyrics, newspaper articles, and dictionary entries–have made it into the world of print, and David Foster Wallace would employ almost all of them in Infinite Jest several years later.  Coover ran a hypertext-based writing workshop at Brown back in ’92 and here talks about the good and creative work that came out of that class.  Things have certainly changed since then–Coover’s class was working on Apple 7.0!–but it’s not hard to read his article with contemporary ears.  What he’s calling (and is still called) hypertext, we might simply call the internet.  Indeed, some of the problems Coover presents remain; namely, how to maintain unity, narrative integrity, and voice in an amorphous and community-composed text.  As sampling becomes more accepted by the mainstream, how do these concerns and others affect what we consider art?

With all of the current talk about the possible demise of printed books, it’s interesting to hear a writer as artistically minded as Coover talk about the possibilities inherent in a post-print book world.

(via Understanding Sociology of New Media)

April 14, 2010


“Football,” which is here reprinted on’s Page 2 blog, is the centerpiece essay in SLS Montreal faculty member Chuck Klosterman’s most recent book, Eating the Dinosaur.  It’s essential reading for those who think about football in abstract terms (there are more of us than you think), but it’s also worth reading for Klosterman’s reading of football as essentially progressive in its nature, despite the somewhat-conservative nature of its iconography and demographic.  As with most of Klosterman’s essays, the stated subject is only half of the point; it is his paradoxically serious and playful exegesis of why unimportant things are truly on display here.

April 1, 2010


SLS Montreal special guest Christopher Sorrentino writes in the L.A. Times about the process of revising his father Gilbert’s posthumous novel, The Abyss of Human Illusion.  Along the way, he discusses questions of ethics (“Does an author’s estate owe posterity what the author might deny it?”) and makes a provocative and convincing case for his having edited his father’s “finished” book.

March 29, 2010


Music and book blog Largehearted Boy asks Sam Lipsyte to talk about the music he listened to while writing The Ask.  His answers are alternately obscure and wonderful, and range from experimental deconstructionists Suicide to hip-hop giant KRS-One to rock ‘n’ roll saviors The Hold Steady.  (Fun Fact: Lipsyte is a fan of cover songs).

March 26, 2010


Speaking with Montana Public Radio, SLS Montreal faculty member Kevin Canty says of writing that “as soon as you know what you’re doing, it’s dead; the energy’s not there.”  Hear him talk about his writing process and read the titular story from his new collection Where the Money Went at MTPR’s The Write Question blog, or read an excerpt from the collection at Random House.