Monthly Archives: August, 2014

Sunday Links, August 31, 2014

Awards  The Hugo Award winners have been announced, as have the winners of the 1939 Retro Hugos.  If you missed reading the nominated stories, you can find many of them linked here.  The Baen Fantasy Adventure Award winners have been announced. The Mythopoeic Award winners have been announced. The Sideways Awards for Alternate History have […]

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Open Letters Monthly, August 2014

It’s the last week of August, the last week (perhaps) of unstructured summer reading, and the perfect time to investigate the August issue of Open Letters Monthly, if you haven’t yet. Or even if you have. It’s a fine way to say farewell to the month, the summer, maybe a long stretch of unemployed indolence… […]

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A Brief Respite from Longlist Fatigue

Right around this time of year, I run out of things to say about book awards. By now all the big literary competitions have either come and gone or at the very least announced their finalists. Some, like the PEN fiction awards, have already voted in winner sbut like to ramp up the suspense by […]

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Letterforms Outside the Box

I discovered hand lettering in sixth grade, one rainy day poking through my mom’s studio in the attic. She had a little graphic design business on the side—on the side of what I was never sure, but between that and the darkroom in the basement it gave her every excuse not to engage with my […]

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Beyond “Ass in Chair”: Poets & Writers’ “Writers Recommend”

Well, hello. We’re back from a brief midsummer break—thanks eternally to Terry Weyna for holding down the fort—recharged, we hope, and refreshed, with all sorts of good things to share. As much as the labor-of-love aspect of blogging can feel like a liability, it’s unquestionably nice to be able to walk away from something for […]

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Sunday Links, August 10, 2014

What to Read Next John Scalzi lists his favorite books about epidemics.  I’m surprised he left out Mira Grant’s Newsfeed Trilogy — but maybe he classifies those more as zombie novels than novels about epidemics.  But if that’s the case, how come he included Max Brooks’s World War Z?  Still, it’s hard to argue with […]

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Sunday Links, August 3, 2014

Awards The 2014 Scribe Awards have been announced.  These awards are given to those who excel at media tie-in writing.  I’d never thought of this category as needing awards — my snobbishness tends toward avoiding tie-in books — but there’s excellence everywhere, if you’re only willing to look for it. The winner of the VCU […]

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