Greetings from the ranch! I've missed you all over the past two weeks, what with the drought and then the flood and then the locusts and then the stranger with one eye who kept calling me 'Sassafras'. But enough about me and my broken dreams and the prison that is this vast wasteland of a ranch.
For those of you who fear the world and every technological demon in it, there are many amazing offerings available to read in the first offering from Seizure Editions. Read Emily Stewart’s editorial here, with links to thought provoking essays, poetry and fiction. I’m going to go ahead and play favourites just like I do with my french fries, and recommend that you read The Sister Company by J.Y.L. Koh.
This will cheer you up! Late Night Library has returned! Now bigger and better than ever, Late Night Library will be held at Customs House Library, and will feature collaborations between Seizure writers and Musica Viva, Australia’s oldest independent performing arts organisation. I know you well enough to know that you like words and I’m more than fairly certain that you like music as well, so you have no excuse for not attending. See how well we’re getting along?
LNL will kick off on Wednesday March 11, 8–9pm with Cross-Media Jam. Featuring comedian and social satirist Ben Jenkins, musician Brian Campeau and artist Irit Pollak, the event will combine live writing with live art and improvisation. We don’t know what to expect and neither do you. It’s like going to see that independent world movie with that person that you want to sleep with, only you’ll enjoy this. Click here to reserve a seat!
This will also cheer you up! For citizens of the capital and/or those willing to travel there on a train with minimal weirdos, AltTxt editor, Justin Wolfers, will be holding a workshop as part of the Noted Festival this March. Held in conjunction with the ACT Writers’ Centre on Sunday March 22, 'Writing in a Digital Age' will explore writing that considers technology, the internet, and digital concerns, and you will have the opportunity to workshop a piece of your own writing with Justin, as well as receive feedback and valuable advice regarding publication. He may or may not allow you to stroke his beard. Click here for more details.
This will not cheer you up! For instant emotional turmoil, read the latest Flasher from Alice Bishop, Stay/Go.
And hot off the presses! Our very own Viva editor Zoya Patel has been crowned ACT Young Woman of the Year. This terrific news is in the lead-up to International Women's Day on Sunday, and you can learn more about the brilliant young Zoya here.
News for nerds for news
Sad news for nerds everywhere this week, with the news of the passing of beloved Mr Spock himself; the actor, photographer, poet and all around great guy as far as I can tell, Leonard Nimoy. From Electric Literature, here is one writer’s ode to his most famous character, and how Spock taught him to be a writer. For more amusing news, here are some Canadian five-dollar banknotes with Spock superimposed onto them, and a stern warning from the Bank of Canada, to stop defacing Sir Wilfrid Laurier (whoever that is). Try it with the next five-dollar note you come across.
If you would like some advice from an Oscar winner, Graham Moore has written about his experience of writing the screenplay for The Imitation Game in How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You (Feat. Benedict Cumberbatch). We all think we’re the smartest person in the room until we have to explain how an Enigma machine works.
Here’s a short piece of advice on writing from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone over at Aerogramme Writer's Studio. Unfortunately, the jerks who own the internet won’t let you watch the extended clip unless you are in the USA.
The Guardian has a write-up on Neil Gaiman’s tribute to Douglas Adams, with an accompanying video of the full talk he gave at the annual Douglas Adams lecture. I can hear a deadline whooshing by as I type this. (Apologies, Portia).
Lastly, from the BBC, listen to 5 minutes with Kazuo Ishiguro in discussion with Rebecca Jones, outlining the impetus for his latest novel, The Buried Giant. Probably not coincidentally, The Buried Giant is currently featured as the Book at Bedtime on BBC iPlayer. Read by Poirot himself, David Suchet, the first three episodes are currently available, beginning here. (Warning: abridged ahead).
It was World Book Day yesterday, and you forgot again, didn’t you? Here I am at 2 am sitting here dressed as Horatio Hornblower for the third year in a row and you couldn’t even manage a decent Uriah Heap. Shame on you.
Now you’re out of books to read again and normally I wouldn’t forgive you so quickly, but here is a gadget to help you find a few new books to read based on the title you most recently finished.
Live long and prosper, but there’s really no need for that attitude whilst achieving both goals. Farewell, non-business acquaintances.