Dear Editor, why did you reject my piece?
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by Cynthia Haven
6d ago
Chris Fleming asks the eternal question… It is what writers everywhere ask, submitting their work to journals and editors, risking rejection or, arguably worse … dead silence. Writer and philosopher Chris Fleming asks the eternal question in faraway Sydney, Australia: Dear Editor, why did you reject my piece? And he gets a few answers … kind of. Dear Author, Thank you very much for the submission of your piece for our consideration. You can be certain that we receive many submissions – too many, in fact. We’ve discussed at some length how we might cut down on these, but to no avail. (Few besi ..read more
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Dana Gioia is having a party – and you can come, too! Celebrate his sixth collection of poems on Feb. 16!
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by Cynthia Haven
1w ago
Award-winning poet and critic Dana Gioia‘s new collection, Meet Me At the Lighthouse, is out with Graywolf Press next month – and you’re all invited to the launch party! Sign up for the event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16 over at Eventbrite here. The reading and reception will be held at Arion Press/Grabhorn Institute at 1802 Hays Street in San Francisco. (And you can pre-order the book here.) The poet’s filmmaker son Mike Gioia produced a short Youtube video to honor the occasion. The two-minute spot features Dana reading the title poem of the new collection. (It’s his sixth. His earl ..read more
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Is Sigrid Undset underappreciated? Ted Gioia makes the case (and includes diagrams, too).
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by Cynthia Haven
3w ago
It’s complicated. The author in 1928. How Sigrid Undset Went from Secretary at an Engineering Firm to Nobel Prize Winner over at The Honest Broker on Substack. Ted Gioia explains why he’s reviewing a “100-year-old book that almost nobody reads.” And 1,200 pages (over three volumes) at that. He also explains how the Danish-Norwegian writer went from being a secretary to a Nobelist in a few short years. He includes diagrams, too: Romance fiction may delight, but it rarely surprises us—after the first chapter, you can almost predict everything that’s going to happen. They will soon train AI how ..read more
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“Bah Humbug!” Was Ebenezer Scrooge neurodivergent? Maybe…
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by Cynthia Haven
1M ago
Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty misanthropic miser, unworthy of our sympathy. He’s cruel to everyone around him, right? Not so fast. One Notre Dame professor is turning the tables on who may be the victim in Charles Dickens‘s A Christmas Carol. “Is Scrooge experiencing his behavioral traits negatively, or is he experiencing the effects of the social stigma of these traits?” asks Essaka Joshua, associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. But was this encounter *consensual*? From Notre Dame’s Medical Xpress: In a new analysis of Scrooge … Joshua offers an unexpected perspective ..read more
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Another reason to visit NYPL: See the ONLY piece of writing in Mary Wollstonecraft’s hand!
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by Cynthia Haven
1M ago
Martha Reineke: visiting NYPL for us. A few weeks ago we gave Reason #1 to visit the New York Public Library – Charles Dickens‘s desk. Now here’s Reason #2 to visit the NYPL: This is the only piece of writing in Mary Wollstonecraft’s original hand that still exists. And the NYPL has it! says Prof. Martha Reineke of the University of Northern Iowa. She writes: “I received an excellent education in philosophy in college; however, due to the era, I never learned about Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797). She is not only considered a founding feminist philosopher but also she was a major sc ..read more
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Legendary Ukrainian poet Lina Kostensko: “Look for the censor within you.”
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by Cynthia Haven
1M ago
The poet in 1948 The legendary Ukrainian lyric poet Lina Kostenko is 92 and still going strong. “We truly only value our life if we have something far more important, far more precious than the life itself,” she has said. Clearly her time is now. Recently, she shared a few of her poems with the gifted Russian-American poet, essayist, publisher, and translator Boris Dralyuk. According to Boris, Kostenko is known “not only for her immense lyrical gift but also for her refusal to bow to political pressure.” You can see that in the first poem below, “Look for the censor within you,” excellently ..read more
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Martin Girard narrates his father René’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning – and now you can hear it, too!
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by Cynthia Haven
2M ago
A guest post from author Trevor Cribben Merrill: Trevor Cribben Merrill in Pasadena (Photo: Sam Sorich) I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (1999) is perhaps the most complete and compact statement of René Girard‘s sweeping theory of scapegoating violence and the shattering revelation it brings. Now it’s been released as an audiobook, thanks to the late French theorist’s son Martin Girard, a businessman who devoted many hours of his time to narrating the audiobook. Though he had no prior experience as an audiobook reader or voice actor, early reviews have been glowing. The audiobook is avail ..read more
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Saroyan prizewinners Claire Oshetsky and Wayétu Moore celebrate at Stanford Libraries on Dec. 1! Join them!
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by Cynthia Haven
2M ago
Claire Oshetsky and Wayétu Moore were selected as winners for their ability to write imaginatively about harsh realities and challenge myths about motherhood and immigration, respectively. The Saroyan International Prize for Writing will hold its biennial celebration of the 2022 winners on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, in person, Green Library, 5th floor, Bender Room. The authors will read from their books and copies will be available for purchase and signing. Oshetsky Please register here if you would like to attend Chouette (Ecco, 2021) a novel by Claire Oshetsky, a ..read more
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What lasts forever? Carl Sagan’s letter to Chuck Berry is out of this world.
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by Cynthia Haven
2M ago
Aliens may be listening to rock and roll singer/songwriter/guitarist Chuck Berry millions of years after our solar system is gone. Think about that ..read more
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Robert Harrison speaks on creation at the University of Notre Dame: it may be “the single best, and most deliciously surprising, conference talk” you’ve ever heard!
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by Cynthia Haven
2M ago
Last week, the University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center held a three-day conference on creation, brought together more than a hundred leading thinkers to discuss ethics, culture, and public policy from the points of view of a range of disciplines: theology, philosophy, political theory, law, history, economics, and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences, literature, and the arts. The keynote address that launched the conference was Stanford’s Robert Pogue Harrison, of Entitled Opinions fame, and his talk was entitled, “The Thin Blue Line.” About a thousand people attended in ..read more
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