“It usually starts with a scene, or a sentence. A half-formed idea. Maybe you have an idea for a sentence. You repeat the sentence in your head until you know it by heart, then you want to write it down. Or you have half an idea for a scene—it’s in the distance, it’s a little foggy, but you can see it’s there. You aim for it. You start making your way down the road towards it. You either eventually arrive there, or, you get sidetracked and end up somewhere else entirely.”—We Don’t Ride Reindeer Here: An Interview with Justin Taylor | The Common
A perfect quote to tell you about our upcoming Breakfast Club Sale and Happy Hour! We are closing at 1PM on July 1 for a private rental, BUT do not despair, as we will open EARLY, at 9PM, with cafe breakfast specials and a 20% off sale.
New podcast episode! Check it out to hear a story from Nick Greene about the one wedding speech he’s given, an excerpt from Stacey D’Erasmo’s Wonderland, and an essay by Melissa Febos about hickeys. Lots of fun stuff in this episode; give it a listen on Soundcloud (above) or iTunes!
“I like thinking up Restoration Hardware fan fiction; I imagine riding my horse up a hill while Kate Bush’s disembodied voice howls down from the sky. I am very, very handsome. I arrive at my house, decorated with leather and wood that looks like it might have come from an old whaling ship, cabinets that look like they may have sat in some old Rust Belt factory, or rain showerheads that beat the warmest and even mildly floral well water onto my muscled back after a long day of living the sort of modern day existence life I believe the guy in Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the sea of fog might live if he lived in 2014.”—Jason Diamond, Restoration Hardware Catalogs Are Everywhere – Flavorwire
“Maybe I’m out of touch, but I’d rather go to an actual shop—preferably a small one—than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website. I don’t want to buy my books and my toilet paper and my clothing all under the same roof. I want beauty in my life. I want charm. I want contact with actual people. It is, for me, a large part of what makes life worth living.”—David Sedaris in an interview with Mary Laura Philpott, editor of the Musing blog at Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn Shelf Awareness for Friday, June 13, 2014 | Shelf Awareness
First time being published, that is. Maybe it was a story in your college lit mag, or a poem in an online journal, or an essay in a periodical. Maybe you even had a manuscript accepted by a small press. Whatever your publishing track record,…