Book Fight!

Tough love for literature


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Supplementary reading

A listener emailed last week to ask about our writing:

Hey, after listening to you guys in the car for months, I’m curious about your work. Would it be too weird to ask you to compile some links of easy to find stories you have out in the world?

No, it’s not too weird at all; in fact, we were hoping someone would ask.  So, for those among you curious about the work we’re producing, or those who are eager to tell us why our writing sucks, here’s a comprehensive list of our writing that’s available online.

There was a point when we both had far more web content, but that was all lost in the great Barrelhouse Website Fire of 2012, and seems to be unrecoverable. Still, a few things Mike has written:

Last Days on Eyeshot

Fantasies on Monkeybicycle

He also has a story in Heavy Feather Review 2.1, and although that’s not free, you can read it electronically (that issue also includes Official Friends of Barrelhouse Matt Jakubowski, Justin Lawrence Daugherty, and David Frederick Thomas)

I have more junk online because I waste more time online than Mike does. Truly, some of my favorite online writing ever was my short-lived series of pet book reviews that was on Barrelhouse and now seems irretrievable because I never backed them up anywhere.  But among the remains:

 

What it Feels Like on elimae
Suggestions for a Better Life on WordRiot
The Widow in Disgrace on FiveChapters
Chapters 1-2 of BURY ME IN MY JERSEY

Bloody Diarrhea, Crispy Bacon, and the Stories we Tell Ourselves on The Nervous Breakdown

And a bunch of stuff on my blog, which I aim to update weekly, but stick to something more like one update every 12 days or so. Three posts that are a little more developed as essays and have drawn some actual responses are here, here, and here.

As you might expect, we started the podcast partly in hopes of reaching more readers, so thanks for reading, or for at least humoring us.

We’re both actively submitting work all over the place, to a mixture of print and online journals, so we’ll be sure to mention our small victories on the show, and probably on twitter.

 


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Testimonial/Mission Statement

Yesterday, I wrote a thing on my site in response to the recent flare-up of debate on the changing role of book critics, Jacob Silverman’s assertion in Slate that writers are too nice to one another on Twitter, and so on. It’s generated some discussion, and I’ve received a half-dozen emails from authors who wanted to share their thoughts.

One email, from Ravi Mangla (you can find him on Twitter @ravi_mangla), pretty much made my day, and also stands as a perfect testimonial to what we’re trying to do with Book Fight: Continue reading