Once upon a time, in a land unimaginable today, writers could actually make a living by writing stories: a fascinating look at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finances
Clifford Garstang’s Pushcart Prize ranking for 2015 is up.
Charles May reviews Best American Short Stories 2014. I really like his critical reviews–he is a discerning reader, unafraid to either confirm or deny prevailing tastes.
An argument against National Novel Writing Month: Do a reading challenge instead.
This was an interesting New York Times article on Elizabeth Gilbert. Reputations are so fickle. I didn’t even realize she wrote “literary” fiction before Eat, Pray, Love.
I’m not on Twitter, and yet somehow even I have heard of the hilarious @GuyInYourMFA. Monkeybicycle interviewed him.
Also, a thought: No sane writer trying to publish today can wait 3 months for one magazine to reply, with acceptance rates hovering around 1-2%. You have to simultaneously submit, you simply have to. I wonder if the few remaining lit mags that don’t accept simultaneous submissions have sentenced themselves to irrelevancy.
Here’s some energetic music for getting through Wednesday: Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Happy Thanksgiving!