“House pets” may be too strong a term to refer to the twenty-one American novelists featured in Granta magazine’s new issue. BUT, with one potential exception, none of the twenty-one is out to shock the literary establishment with contrary viewpoints– or with new ways of looking at the literary art. That’s left for upstart outfits like ourselves.
The London/New York literary establishments have marshaled their resources to stress the importance of this Granta issue. In the U.S., Slate, The Millions, The Center for Fiction, Library Journal, L.A. Times, Lit Hug; Lucas Wittmann, Laura Miller, Nick Moran, Barbara Hoffert, Michael Schaub, Carolyn Kellogg, Emily Temple; all the usual critical advocates– to the prestigious Guardian newspaper in the U.K. WE alone present the other side of things.
The key in this world is seeing issues and subjects three-dimensionally. One should never accept without question a flat presentation. What the mandarins of culture wish you to see. You might miss what’s really happening.
And so, at our News blog, our perspective on the Granta issue. Worth a look.
Also, please consider your candidates for the All-Time American Writers Tournament. Who’s your choice? If you have one, or several, email us with a name or names, reasons, or rationalizations. We’re at newpoplit AT gmail.com.
(Cat photo c/o Jamie Lockhart.)
Attention All Writers!
Especially if you live in the Detroit area. New Pop Lit editors Karl Wenclas and Kathleen Crane will be doing a presentation for NaNoWriMo at the Troy Public Library on 11/17. Details at our News page here.
ALSO, we’re still promoting our Fun Pop Poetry feature. We have several cat poems coming up and we’re shy at least one good cat photo. Send your candidates in .jpg format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
(Cat photo c/o Scott Cannon– same cat to be featured in a new poem.)
Merry Christmas! As this is a season for giving, and thinking of others, we have news that one of the best spoken word poets in the country needs help. Read about it here.
What can be said about poet Michael D. Grover is that he’s an authentic undergrounder who lives his art. In the tradition of William Blake and so many others. He’s also evidence of the fact that at the grass roots level, poetry lives, propelled with energy, emotion, and power in a way it never could in the stultifying atmosphere of the ivory tower.
After Christmas we’ll present our end-of-year wrap-up. Then, for 2016, we are lining up much strikingly original work from some of the nation’s– and world’s– most exciting writers.
Quite an event!
Detroit’s “Dally in The Alley” street festival has more authenticity than any music festival you’ll ever attend. A neighborhood block party gone out of control. Total DIY. No corporate sponsors. No Budweiser banners. No beer logos.
It’s also quite a bit less genteel than your garden variety New Yorker book festival with its bland Jonathan Franzen-style authors. The Dally takes place in Detroit after all. Not Manhattan or Brooklyn. We were one of the few literary outfits represented at the event. Our goal is to make pop lit as much a part of people’s everyday life as music– of which at the Dally there was a lot of.
Read our report on the Dally, and how we did at it, at our News blog here.
Lloyd Poast brings you the latest on Short and Happy (or not), a new collection of fiction stories from S&H Publishing which features New Pop Lit author Ian Lahey.
Catch Ian Lahey’s interview with NPL here, as well as his stories Matt Murphy: Private Eye and The Janitor.
Happy Monday, readers. I hope a little bit of the Halloween spirit is still with you…
New Pop Lit News’ Lloyd Poast updates us on an interesting reincarnation of the much-loved comic series, Sabrina: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes the teen down a zombie-strewn path and issue #2 comes out Wednesday. Enjoy!
Anne Rice, an author whose spiritual quest is often as entertaining as her work, has returned to her roots with another vampire book: Prince Lestat. ($10.99 on Kindle!)
New Pop Lit News correspondent Lloyd Poast gives you the latest here!
Thank you to LATimes.com for the image.
Chuck Palahniuk, author of Haunted, Pygmy, Fight Club… and now Beautiful You!
Get the scoop on Chuck’s upcoming book tour from NPL News correspondent Lloyd Poast, here! Catch every news item through the Coffehouse link!
I’m thrilled to announce that NPL will now have it’s own news feature, New Pop Lit News, complete with our dedicated correspondent, Lloyd Poast! Catch our paper in the Coffeehouse!
Lloyd will keep you informed about changes in the literary world, as well as pop news, such as New York Comic Con ’14!
Also, don’t miss Karl’s latest, Ten Unanswered Questions about Tao Lin, where our editor asks ten painful questions about Tao’s *strange* career.