For the month of April, 2014: new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Michael Estabrook, Holly Painter, Lex Bowbrow, Frederick Foote, and Fayroze Lutta.
An interview with writer Daniel José Older.
Artwork by Alain Marciano.
This is my favorite glass for making mint juleps when I’m at my parents’ place in Mississippi.
Also, whatever, it’s almost noon.
The process of cooking red gravy means arm pain as you stir constantly to keep this stuff from burning.
This week, I was so fortunate join forces with the amazing PEN America, one of the most amazing literary organizations in the country who work very hard to, in their words, “ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.” They have an unbelievable event coming up, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, from April 28th through May 4th in New York City. They wanted my help spreading their word, and it’s a word I believe is so absolutely vital to be spread.
Right now, there are authors and writers being persecuted for their works. These wordsmiths, these authors, need help from people like me, from people like you, to guarantee their safety, their release in many cases, and their freedom to express their beliefs in whatever way they see fit. The persecution of artists must come to an end, and on the opening night of the World Voices Festival, this exact topic is going to be discussed. The theme: On The Edge. Some of this planet’s most prominent writers and thinkers will be on hand to share their views on the issue.
Please, follow the link, or head to worldvoices.pen.org or follow them on Instagram @Pen_America to get more information.
Pretty sure these have an Italian name I should know but it’s been way too many generations in New Orleans for us to remember it without Google.
Italian fig cookies. You can get them from Brocato or you can make them yourself and tonight it’s the latter.
Does a writer make the city or does the city make the writer? At Grantland, Michael Weinreb discusses why Elmore Leonard is the ultimate Motor City writer and discovers Leonard’s Detroit. “Without his books, the city would still have suffered the same hellish decline. But because of him, that suffering was rendered into an art form all its own.” Pair with: Our own Bill Morris writing against Detroit’s ruin porn reputation.
I don’t care that it’s freaky chilly for the South in April. I’m in Mississippi this weekend; I’m drinking mint juleps.