Posts tagged ‘Writing’

May 26, 2010

SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK WRITER?

The always reliable Pop Matters has asked nearly every music critic they could get their hands on to share their tips for aspiring journalists, reviewers, and feature writers.  Among the host of participants is SLS Montreal faculty member Chuck Klosterman, whose advice is sage, sober, and practical (“Clarity is extremely important, unless you honestly don’t care about how people interpret your ideas.”)  Check out the article here (Chuck is at the bottom of the page).

May 24, 2010

CANTY LAUNCHES WEBSITE, DOZEN STORIES

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.

April 14, 2010

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN ON FOOTBALL, ICONOGRAPHY, AND INTERPRETATION

“Football,” which is here reprinted on ESPN.com’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 8, 2010

SPEAKING IN ITALICS

New Yorker fiction editor (and SLS Montreal special guest) Deborah Treisman sat down for a Q & A with Joyce Carol Oates upon the New Yorker’s publication of Oates’ “I.D.”  Treisman is an excellent reader, which makes her an excellent interviewer.  Her questions are smart, but always in the direction of a deeper understanding of the story; she never gets bogged down in theoretics or academicism, but concerns herself with the specific contours of the story at hand.  To read (or hear, via the New Yorker’s fiction podcast) her interviews is to see what it looks like to be deeply and properly engaged with a story.

April 1, 2010

SORRENTINO ON SORRENTINO

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.

January 31, 2010

THOMAS SWICK

Tom Swick, two-time SLS-St. Petersburg faculty member, writes:

 I have an essay in the Winter issue of The Wilson Quarterly on the misunderstood workings and the under-appreciated triumphs of travel writers.

For more of Tom’s work, visit his, very active and informative, blog: www.thomasswick.com

January 29, 2010

LUIGI MONTEFERRANTE

A Canadian poet & composer, based in Italy, a good friend of SLS’s, with whom the program hopes to launch its Italy branch in foreseeable future, Luigi had work published in:

 Chicago Quarterly Review, Forma Fluens, Neon, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Yellow Mama, Word Slaw, poetryfriends, Poesia/Indiana Bay, kudos, Sonar4, Poet’s Ink Review, The Battered Suitcase/Vagabondage Press, Happy, Twisted Tongue, Danse Macabre, Language &Culture, Kritya, Burst Now, Motel 58, greenbeard, Glass Poetry Journal, Wow, Orbis, Faraway Journal, riverbabble, Blueprint Review. 

 Luigi works with a number of new music ensembles:

GANG OF TOLSTOY
Manufacturers of Music for the Savant-Garde
www.myspace.com/gangoftolstoy

ITALIAN JAZZ ARMADA
www.myspace.com/italianjazzarmada

MCMONTY
Gritty Music & Streetwise Poetics
www.myspace.com/mcmontylive

For further info, please write.

Many thanks and buon ascolto!

January 24, 2010

A PROPOS OF: NEILS BOHR ON EXPERTISE

According to Neils Bohr, an expert is “a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

Alas, the filed of writing is an ever-expanding one, by default.