OCTOBER, which ends with Halloween, is a crazy month– and we’re going crazy about poetry. Toward that end, we feature Four Poems from intellectual poet Bruce Dale Wise. As you’ll see, he’s known for his topicality.
Are his poems traditional? Postmodern? Both? Neither? Read them and judge for yourself.
The coup in Turkey has been stopped; the purges now begin. It’s time to cleanse state institutions shouts out Erdoĝan.
So who is being targeted in this his counter-coup? All those who do not totally support his point of view:
We also have a dynamite interview with Bruce up at our New Pop LitNews blog. Check it out!
I lean to our time, the New Millennial period; the Internet has opened up the possibilities of American poetry, and I think it is exciting to be writing right now.
New genres, new styles, and most important, a wave of newly-prominent writers pumping talent, energy, and emotion into a previously moribund art form.
Among the best of them is Anne Leigh Parrish, who’s published terrific work with us and with other upstart literary outfits. As well as penned one novel and two short story collections. Read our Interview with her, also linked at our “Hype” page. (Anne also participated in our recent can’t miss Hemingway discussion.)
Motivation is something I’m very curious about. I’m also fascinated with the stories people tell themselves to get themselves off the hook, or to process a traumatic event.
Our mission here at New Pop Lit is to present exciting new ideas. No, we’re not a stale-and-stodgy business-as-usual literary site. We exist to CHANGE the literary scene. Change is inevitable. Change is sweeping. Change is part of nature and people. Constant. Onrushing.
Meanwhile, established literature operates as if it were still in the early 19th century. Tops-down, insular and clubby, promoting a literary art which changes at a turtle’s pace. (We give established literati enough credit not to call them snails.)
Where is literature going?
In our quest for answers we interview up-and-coming writer Samuel Stevens for our Hype page. Part of our showcasing the nation’s best new writers.
If you want to stay current on the future of books, publishing, and writing you have to read this site! As always, we welcome your feedback.
There’s definitely a shift in the zeitgeist. It’s just a very long battle. It’s not just “liberals” who limit free speech, you also have major corporations–the same ones mainstream conservatism loves to defend–love to push the same message.
We’ve heard it from our fans. “We want hype! We want hype!”
Well, maybe not so much– but our writers (we hope) love the attention we want to give them. Or possibly they’re instead like a kitten escaping from Aunt Mabel and the rest of the cooing brood running after them. Oh well.
Our mission is to create literary stars. God knows the lit game needs a few of them. Today we feature an interview with one of the best short story talents around, Thomas Mundt. Who coincidentally has a fantastic story in our first print issue, called “The Act,” about a ventriloquist.
Is Thomas Mundt the best story writer in Chicago? It’s a question we ask Mr. Mundt straight up. Read his answer, and his other answers, in our exclusive interview with him. It’s a conversation not to be missed!
The topic of conversation this week in the established literary world is the publication of Jonathan Franzen’s latest big novel, Purity— one of those sporadic books meant to justify the existence of said literary world. No American novelist over the past fifteen years has received the same level of critical attention combined with media hype.
Is the hype justified?
To answer that question, NEW POP LIT’s Karl Wenclas questions the esteemed author and book reviewer Tom LeClair, who reviewed Franzen’s novel last week at TheDaily Beast. Now LeClair amplifies his thoughts; holding nothing back as he examines Franzen, other reviewers, and the current state of American literature and publishing. Read our exclusive interview with him now!
–the critics who go along with Time’s assertion that Franzen is a “Great American Novelist” will be found out and mocked. . . .