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Interview with a Librarian

Sorry, Brad Pitt’s not in this one. Instead, there’s a witty librarian who hails from Mississippi named B. David.  HTMLGiant’s Sean Lovelace called up “10 public libraries in 10 random states” and asked to interview a librarian via email. Out of all ten he received several hang ups, several email addresses, but only one full email interview.

Some of the highlights:

HTMLGiant: Have you seen a major shift lately in reader tastes and the types of books they read?

David: This is impossible to answer….Every community has its needs though. I mean, you travel to one library, and paranormal fiction is their thing. You drive to a little town filled with Yuppies, and they got tons of books on how to shop at Whole Foods and buy J. Crew. It really just depends. So, no…No major shift.

Out of his little lottery, it seems that Lovelace got an interview from one of the best candidates. Check out more of the insightful and optimistic interview at HTMLGiant.

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Short Stories, Big Punches

Ryan Call is over at HTMLGiant talking about his first encounter with Lydia Davis and the incredible impact she (and the recent PlayStation Live downtime) has had on him, his reading, and his writing. Ryan’s trip back to undergrad had me thinking: What stories and books have affected me in a way that the effect is stronger than even the details of the story?
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Things They’ve Read Thursday: New Year’s Travel Edition

By Melanie Yarbrough

Since I’ve been back in the Bean, I’ve been doing some serious reading, making up for the time I spent in the Bermuda Triangle that is home. Doing some extended traveling for the holiday weekend like I am? Here’s some essential reading for the train/plane/car/Vespa/airport waiting room.
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Bookshelf Diversity

By Shane Solar-Doherty

As Book Forum pointed out yesterday, Roxane Gay recently questioned the diversity of fiction these days, LaToya Jordan counted the books by black authors on her bookshelf and noticed the absence of other ethnicities, and then The Economist took its 2010 curtain call when naming seven books by male authors — each of which are this year’s blatant go-to titles — as the best books of the year. Fiddlesticks.

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you go over to your bookshelf and see what kind of artillery you’re packing. Last winter, I did this very thing, and realized that my bookshelf was, like The Economist’s list, in dire need of a gender makeover. So I read Lorrie Moore and Jincy Willett and Miranda July and Lydia Peelle. I thought it was important to do so, and it was.

Jordan says in her response to Gay, “Maybe we all need to take a look at our bookshelves and agree that we’ll all add writers who are not like us, whether that be because of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I wish none of this stuff mattered, but maybe the more we talk about it, the less it will.” It’s a great point, and I’m really glad that, at this moment, it does matter, and we are talking about it. We should constantly be conscious of both what we’re reading and who we’re reading, lest we become closed-minded and uninformed readers.

Looking at my bookshelf today, great female writers have taken their places on my shelves, thanks to the last time I took inventory of my library. And though a multitude of ethnicities are represented too, they are underrepresented to say the least, which suggests to me that it’s time once again to reevaluate my reading patterns and to make an adjustment. All of which I’m only too eager to do.

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Things They’ve Read Thursday

It’s Thursday. You know what that means.

Well, okay, you don’t. But I’m about to tell you. (Grab a beer.)

We read a lot here at TTTR. Seems appropriate enough. And since we can’t write a post on everything we read (no, we haven’t tried, but don’t test us. Please please please don’t test us), we thought we’d share with you some of the things we’ve read in the past week. This way, you can come away with your own conclusions, instead of reading our always correct opinions.

Also, please share with us anything you think we’ve missed that we need to read. Two way streets are the best kinds of streets, not to mention the most practical.



Nicolle Elizabeth, Marcelle Heath, Meg Pokrass and Susan Tepper talk about what Fictionaut has meant to them & their careers: The Writer’s Tools – Fictionaut

An oldie but a goodie: Michael Cunningham says that you need to write for your readers.

There’s this great Aimee Bender interview over at Guernica Mag.

Roxane Gay got us thinking with a couple of posts on HTMLGIANT: Let’s Keep It Real briefly explores James Frey’s new publishing scheme, and Barnes & Noble Made Me Sad Last Night is about a book graveyard.

If you can’t figure out the words to describe hipsters, let Mark Greif do it for you in the Sociology of the Hipster.

There’s some talk about Hint Fiction, an anthology of very, very short stories, over at The Millions.

10 Online Lit Mags You Should Be Reading.

Nadine Gordimer is 87, and she does a hell of an interview.

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Improving Indie Author Events

By Shane Solar-Doherty

On Monday night I went to a reading at Lorem Ipsum Books, a local used shop, a business I get great pleasure out of supporting. They were hosting Lindsay Hunter and Christian TeBordo, two authors with debut story collections with Featherproof Books, an indie publisher out of Chicago. Featherproof sent Hunter and TeBordo out on a five-stop tour that they dubbed the Road Read tour. Their fourth stop was Lorem Ipsum.

Hunter and TeBordo picked funny and daring stories to read and delivered them well. Their stories were very short, and they were read quickly, which the pace of the stories called for. But the reading only lasted about ten minutes, or to measure it another way, approximately one minute for each audience member in attendance. The audience and the authors were crammed into chairs and stools in a corner of the store. And there was no discussion to wrap things up, the part of a reading that I look forward to the most. In the end, I felt lead on, like I was supposed to anticipate what was to come next. And that’s a quality I admire at the end of a well-written story. It’s not what I expect at the end of a reading.

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The Word Made Flesh: The Most Badass Picture Book

By Melanie Yarbrough

It’s a new kind of anthology, except instead of big-name editors giving you the nod or the finger, the choosing power is given to everyday readers. Like you and me and these folks.

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