While many writers immediately jumped at the opportunity to apply to Amtrak’s new residency program, others have noticed some troubling language in the program’s official terms.
Earlier this week, Electric Literature ran a #LitWords contest to celebrate the release of Carson Mell’s Saguaro. We asked people to invent and define literature-inspired words, and suddenly Twitter was buzzing with the nerdiest of neologisms. Carson’s five favorites are featured below, and the creators will each receive a copy of Saguaro. The grand prize winner is […]
An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking site. A cancer support forum means romance for an English professor, a Canadian fisherman, and an elementary school teacher in Japan. You inhabit a famous literary character tweeting romantic overtures hashtagged #fictiondate. The first two sentences sum up stories from Elizabeth Cohen’s The Hypothetical […]
Just about anything that’s popular (Gangnam Style, Pinterest, Twilight) goes through an amazing-to-annoying lifecycle. Technology, in particular, is innovative and then irritating. When I first got an iPhone, it was liberating. I could do anything from anywhere. Now it feels more like I’m tethered and tied to all parts of my life all at once [...]
In the beginning there was Rick Moody. And then Twitter gave us @horse_ebooks, and Jennifer Egan, and the recent Twitter Fiction Festival. Now the latest arrival in the world of Twitter Fiction is @SugarSerials. On the 47th minute of every hour, a piece of literary code is automatically tweeting one sentence from American Psycho. The [...]
Earlier this year, Dylan Greif conducted interviews with Rick Moody and Craig Mod for his MFA thesis at RISD. His work explores the design of new writing systems for the digital age. We’re delighted to present the first of those interviews today. (Check in for the Mod interview next week.) The conversation with Moody (whose story [...]