"I swear to every heaven ever imagined,
if I hear one more dead-eyed hipster
tell me that art is dead, I will personally summon Shakespeare
from the grave so he can tell them every reason
why he wishes he were born in a time where
he could have a damn Gmail account.
The day after I taught my mother
how to send pictures over Iphone she texted
me a blurry image of our cocker spaniel ten times in a row.
Don’t you dare try to tell me that that is not beautiful.
But whatever, go ahead and choose to stay in
your backwards-hoping-all-inclusive club
while the rest of us fall in love over Skype.
Send angry letters to state representatives,
as we record the years first sunrise so
we can remember what beginning feels like when
we are inches away from the trigger.
Lock yourself away in your Antoinette castle
while eat cake and tweet to the whole universe that we did.
Hashtag you’re a pretentious ass hole.
Van Gogh would have taken 20 selflies a day.
Sylvia Plath would have texted her lovers
nothing but heart eyed emojis when she ran out of words.
Andy Warhol would have had the worlds weirdest Vine account,
and we all would have checked it every morning while we
Snap Chat our coffee orders to the people
we wish were pressed against our lips instead of lattes.
This life is spilling over with 85 year olds
rewatching JFK’s assassination and
7 year olds teaching themselves guitar over Youtube videos.
Never again do I have to be afraid of forgetting
what my fathers voice sounds like.
No longer must we sneak into our families phonebook
to look up an eating disorder hotline for our best friend.
No more must I wonder what people in Australia sound like
or how grasshoppers procreate.
I will gleefully continue to take pictures of tulips
in public parks on my cellphone
and you will continue to scoff and that is okay.
But I hope, I pray, that one day you will realize how blessed
you are to be alive in a moment where you can google search
how to say I love you in 164 different languages."

b.e.fitzgerald (Art is a Facebook status about your winter break.)


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So I came across this on LinkedIn and I really liked the concept that Franky Plata Rojas and Thibauly Kervarech have going here. Definitely worth checking out if you’re look for something new to read.


Love this chart of wonderful words. 


Love this chart of wonderful words. 


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My rule? When in doubt, Vonnegut.

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Like any list of rules, should you break them but be so astoundingly amazing in your defiance, then the rules are meaningless.

Very few writers are astoundingly amazing in their defiance.


http://thechristaland.tumblr.com/post/54965895251/why-the-books-you-recommend-are-probably-stupid (via bookishbiologist)

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Jenna Wortham

As  a technology reporter for The New York Times, Jenna Wortham writes about mobile apps, Web start-ups, and everything in between. Prior to theTimes, Wortham served as a technology and culture reporter for Wired.com. In-depth and comprehensible to even the most technologically-impaired, her writing has also appeared in print publications like WiredBust, and Frommer’s. Yet her most distinctive work to date is Girl Crush, a zine launched by Wortham and Thessaly La Force that venerates inspirational women. Girl Crush’s first volume, released last summer, featured over 20 essays and musings from acclaimed female contributors, including a Pulitzer-winning novelist. “The goal isn’t to turn a profit, but rather to capture a cultural moment, which in turn, offers the creators the freedom to explore and experiment,” explained Wortham in a Times article on zines.


Rembert Browne

Like many of his twenty-something year-old peers, Rembert Browne started a blog, 500 Days Asunderin 2011 to document his daily musings and to put his “creative juices” to practice. His exhilarating honesty coupled with his tangy wit and introspective rumination made for some of the best, most unique blog posts published in a while. Included in his most popular posts are “5 Black Comedians: A Study,” “Top 10 Diddy Moments. Ever,” and “Me vs. Drake.”  While most people, young or old, might have balled up into a dark, deep hole after being fired from their first job within nine months, or withdrawing from graduate school with eight months left, Browne wrote a kick ass, inspirational farewell blog post titled “About That Life” before reassessing his next moves. The Dartmouth alum was soon after promoted from freelancer to staff writer atGrantland, where he puts his distinct spin on culture and sports.


Jackie Sibblies Drury

Since entering the selective stratosphere that is American theatre, the Brooklyn-based playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury’s star has continued soaring to impressive heights. A 2012 New York Magazine article spotlighted her as one of the city’s 10 playwrights to watch. Time spent at Brown University’s MFA playwriting program resulted in her winning the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting and a Weston Award. Drury went on to write the award-winning playWe Are Proud to Present a Presentation and receive multiple fellowships, including the inaugural Jerome New York Fellowship, which awarded her $50,000 towards producing new work and researching Morocco. In an interview with “Works By Women” last fall, Drury explained the project: “I’m hoping to spend my time talking with people, observing people, and reading a lot while thinking about the intersections between politics, Islam, and feminism, both in a predominantly Islamic state as well as in African-American communities in the U.S.”


Uzoamaka Maduka

Otherwise known as Max, Uzoamaka Maduka’s name has been plastered all over major New York City publications. More attention has been given to her socialite-like charisma than her literary journal, The American Reader. Nonetheless, the Nigerian-American Princeton graduate has been on a steadfast mission to revitalize the American literary magazine. “So many of the voices in fiction that are out there are deeply neurotic white male stories…I kind of felt like, I really don’t want to sit still for this,” Maduka told The New York Times. “Literature, from women of any race and men of any race, besides white, would always be pigeonholed as, ‘Now I’m going to tell you my Nigerian story,’ and it was so tiring.” Two issues of The American Reader were published in 2012 to mostly tentative reviews, but Maduka has already shifted her focus to this calendar year with aims of landing a second investor and scouting potential writers.


Kyla Marshell

The petite, powerhouse poet that is

Kyla Marshell has been building a solid repertoire of award-winning published pieces for quite some time now. She has demonstrated an acute ability to dissect multifaceted issues, both social and personal, in her arsenal of poems. In “We’ll Always Have Negritude,” a piece about “how Black people are going to survive the apocalypse,” Marshell writes, “my locs will be the chain-link fence keeping out those aliens, & your afro will be the cumulus clouds cottoning the sky, the unpicked cotton sky.” A graduate of Spelman College and Sarah Lawrence College, she has also penned excellent commentary on Black hipsters and the hashtag’s lament, written reviews on jazz for Okayplayer’s The Revivalist, and received a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in 2011 and a Cave Canem Fellowship in 2010 and 2011.


Jason Parham

“We as a people come out of this highly literary Black tradition where we’re trying to break down societal barriers through art and give a voice to people who often go unheard,” Jason Parham, editor of the literary journal Spook, told EBONY.com in a past interview. “We create our own conversations and dictate our own conversations and show we are just as powerful and we have just as much to say as anybody else.” Having noticed a dearth in the canon of great journals like The New Yorker and Harpers, Parham displayed an exemplary amount of self-determination and created a great publication “with a heavy minority focus.” Sixteen Black writers (including Marshell and Browne) skilled in various genres contributed to the first issue of Spook released this past June. Parham, who has penned articles for VibeGQThe Atlantic and Village Voice, told our Brooke Obie that he was transitioning to creative writing, working on his novel, and finalizing the second volume of Spook. “With Spook, I hope to show that our writing is as good as anybody else’s.”


Taiye Selasi

When Toni Morrison sets a deadline for you, you meet it. And that is exactly what Taiye Selasi did, according to an NPR interview. After meeting Morrison through the author’s niece, Selasi ended up having dinner at Morrison’s home and then her son’s home. It was during that second meeting that the Pulitzer Prize winner gave Selasi an ultimatum. “She said, ‘Listen, I’m going to give you a year. If you don’t have something for me by then, I don’t know what to say.” A year later, Selasi produced the short story, “The Sex Lives of African Girls,” which was published in the heralded literary journal Granta in 2011 and featured in Best American Short Stories of 2012. Born in London and raised in Massachusetts, Selasi unpacked intricate notions of identity in her 2005 seminal essay titled, “Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?”) Ghana Must Go, her highly-anticipated debut novel, will be released in March.

Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/7-young-black-writers-you-should-know-304/2#ixzz2J6AeX9Iy 

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