Greetings and welcome to another week of Round-Up. Are you all enjoying the school holidays and the abundance of well behaved children? Are you looking forward to your birthday? Did you look at the blood moon and curse your enemies? Me neither. Craig’s fine.
It's a veritable choose your own adventure over here! What would you like to do this week? Would you like to read a Flasher? Nostalgic or Abstract? Would you like to read about Yiscah Symonds, our current Flasher illustrator?
Maybe you would like to read On Art & Money, David Henley’s most recent RANT! about arts funding and some thoughtful ideas on how to change the consumer relationship between artists and their audience.
Or perhaps you would like to know what it’s like to return home from Antarctica? Favel Parrett has written Ice to Earth, a series of vignettes accompanied by artwork from the aforementioned olympic RANTer.
And if you haven't seen our resident RANTer David Henley and our favourite special guest RANTer Luke Carman in action before then come and check them out at Panelbeaters on Sunday night at NYWF. They'll be arguing over whether the Hawkes or the Eagles should have won and which sportsball code those teams even belong to, so prepare to get involved in a variety of disputes. And before the verbal biff starts you can warm up with some competitive writing!
Banned Books Week is coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't rally against authority and continue reading banned books out in the open like a complete criminal. The 10 most challenged books (in America) of 2014 have been released, many challenged on the grounds of being anti-family. Don't these complainers know that all books are anti-family? The only reason I read so many books is to escape the sound and sight of these rowdy doorknobs.
Here are some fun facts about banned books, some ideas about how you can help keep banned books un-banned from your life, and a recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his banned poem, Howl, in 1956. Read everything by Judy Blume, Buy Persepolis and then watch the movie, and don't let anyone tell you that you can't read books because they contain word-based descriptive nudity that you have to imagine in your mind with your brain.
From Electric Literature, find out how you will know when your book is finished. Is it before or after the nervous breakdown? Midway? It's probably different for everyone.
McSweeney's has a list of common phrases coined by Bill Shakespeare, the murderer.
Bookriot is gearing up for Halloween with a re-post from Margaret Atwood, and her thoughts on Horror vs Terror.
From Aerogramme Writers' Studio, what do editors look for in unsolicited submissions?
Which March sister said it? Jo of course.
See you in two weeks for my pre-Halloween-Round-Up, Round-Up. There is a skeleton in all of us! Adieu.