WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Yes, literature is elitist… thank God!

A while back, Salon’s Laura Miller asked the musical question, “Is the literary world elitist?” My short answer? Yes. Because it’s supposed to be. The word “literary” has a certain … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 21 Comments

It’s what’s for dinner

Uh oh. Recalled. Guess we’ll have to have something healthy tonight, like Beef Porcupines.

February 20, 2014 · 7 Comments

Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings

If you’re like me, you love original manuscripts — that is, the actual pieces of paper an author wrote on and corrected. It’s even better when there are coffee stains … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 6 Comments

Why can’t Hellen Keller drive a car?

Because she’s dead. More outlandishly bad jokes here. That is all.

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Did the CIA infiltrate the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the ’60s? (Uh…no.)

Psssst. Have you heard? The Iowa Writers’ Workshop was a CIA front in the ’50s and ‘60s. Oh, wait. No. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop was funded by the CIA. Sorry. … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

Sad observations — sadly, an ongoing, sad series

Cute animals galore, but Assad is still in charge over there in Syria. Oh, and North Korea is one big torture chamber. Why can’t the cute animals make a difference?

February 18, 2014 · 13 Comments

Is the universe a simulation? That would explain a lot…

As far as mind-blowing Monday morning reads go, this item in the Times Sunday Review was successful. It did. Blow my mind, that is. I’ve heard of this concept before, … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 8 Comments

Bookstore porn

If you get your jollies gazing at inanimate objects arranged in pleasing patterns, feast your eyes on these “20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World.” (Image via.)

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Promotional trials & tribs

Turns out that my promotional efforts last week were something of a bust. I’m speaking as objectively as I can, because expectations are always raised when you take the plunge … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 21 Comments

The meeting of the blues — SRV and Albert King

If you’re into blues, you can’t do much better than this. Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a classic King number, and really good video quality. I can’t stop watching … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 3 Comments