Saturday, July 12, 2008

Table-Talk of Parkus Grammaticus for July 12–13

I. My latest Astral Weeks column, on a YA novel by John Scalzi, is up at the L.A. Times. (Strange photo?!) Tantalizing excerpt:

No wonder Scalzi would want to linger in the universe he's created. For the follow-up, "The Ghost Brigades" (the title refers to troops generated from the DNA of the dead -- including Perry's late wife), he gave Perry's voice a rest; it's told in the third person. Perry, now in his 80s, returned to narrate 2007's "The Last Colony," in which he and his once and future wife Jane Sagan (it's complicated) spearhead a colonial venture that turns out to be an elaborate trap (it's also complicated). The ending is right out of "The Forever War" -- or do I mean "Hannah and Her Sisters"?

II. The Chosun Ilbo story on Personal Days that appeared in Korean is now readable in an accurate translation. (The photo, alas, is inaccurately credited—it's Sylvia Plachy's portrait of moi.) Tantalizing excerpt:
If the author Ed Park stands out among his fellow Korean-American writers, it is because there is no trace of Koreanness in his work.

III. Salon gives props to new essays by Dzyds Jessica and Mike on Moving Image Source, and calls it:
"the wide-ranging, deep-thinking film magazine America has long lacked, published online. Launched only last month by the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y., Moving Image Source also includes an international calendar of film and TV-related events and a guide to online research resources. Edited by critic and former [PTSNBN] editor Dennis Lim, it has almost overnight become a must-read for serious film and television buffs."

IV. Someone gives the highlights of my St. Mark's reading on Thursday!

UPDATE: Post hoc propter hoc? You be the judge! John Scalzi himself blogs about my review of Zoe's Tale—and it turns out he and Keeler Society honcho Richard Polt are old buds/collaborators!...Levi has a Galchen-inspired dream—and the NYT reviews Atmospheric Disturbances!

PLUS: A nice assessment of Personal Days from the blog Afropologë, which brings up a good point: "It's a quick, easy and inexpensive read, taking only $13 out of my wallet and a couple hours of my time (the story only spans about 241 pages of this small paperback)."

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Blogger Shawn Mitchell said...

Hey, thanks for linking to my blog. Sorry I didn't say hi after the reading. My friends wanted to run off.

I saw you quoted Brautigan below this. Chris Flynn writes for the Believer...I think? Has he told you of the upcoming issue of Torpedo that's dedicated to "Brautigans"? I worked at the agency that manages the estate along with Richard Brautigan's daughter.

Ok....long comment.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I did not know any of this! Fascinating. (Now must google "Torpedo.")

I haven't read Brautigan in a while, but recently I took REVENGE OF THE LAWN out of the library and bought a copy of SOMBRERO FALLOUT on the street...and the other day I took THE HAWKLINE MONSTER onto the subway.

Who is his equivalent today?

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Blogger Shawn Mitchell said...

Sinfully, I've only read Trout Fishing and am working my way through his other work. Below is the text from the call for submissions. I think Flynn is directly soliciting things.

If that question wasn't rhetorical...I can't think of who Brautigan's equivalent would be today. Worth thinking about though....

"To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his untimely death, Torpedo Volume Four will be a tribute issue to Richard Brautigan.
In his lifetime Brautigan wrote ten novels, nine volumes of poetry and one short story collection, his most famous work being Trout Fishing in America. A legend amongst counter-culture writers of the late 1960s, Brautigan’s work is now sadly neglected but still much loved, particularly by us here at Falcon vs. Monkey. We suspect many others love him too, so we are inviting select writers and illustrators to contribute their own ‘Brautigan’ to our tribute issue.
The brief for writers is to pen your very own tribute story or poem in a Brautigan style. Make it funny, sexy and slightly absurd.
call for submissions
If you know his work, you’ll know what to do. Keep it short (1500 words max, unless you can convince the editor otherwise) and introduce your piece with a paragraph about what Brautigan means to you as a writer or how you first encountered him.
Illustrators can submit one image based upon any Brautigan story. (300dpi Tiffs, 160mm wide by 230mm high, CMYK colour). Comic artists may submit a comic strip in a Brautigan style, or convert one of his stories to comic format. The deadline for all work is 30th September 2008.
This issue will be introduced by Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen, Richard’s daughter. We will also be including a selection of her father’s poems and short stories, picked by Ianthe and editor Chris Flynn. The issue will be released on Richard’s birthday, 30th January 2009. Please direct all correspondence to"

12:51 PM  

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