The History of Losing Your Grip
“The only sure thing about the future is that it is uncertain. Nevertheless, history shows us humans have marched on through wars and plagues before, collectively orchestrating atrocities along the way. It’s not the sound of our own howl we should fear, that barbaric yawp, as spiritual enthusiast Walt Whitman put it. If we desire catharsis, not destruction, accept the risk of marginalization and commune with the wolf within, we embrace the possibility of transcendence...”
Why Won't Men Leave Me Alone When I'm Trying to Read in Public?
“I am the kind of woman who goes to bars alone and reads books, regardless of poor lighting or noise level. I have a tremendous ability to block out surrounding sounds and distractions, and can lose myself in a book even amongst a noisy, boisterous crowd. It’s just a talent I have, and I don’t see any reason not to employ it. I enjoy being in the company of other humans without having to directly interact with them. I enjoy having a cocktail by myself while engaging with a piece of fantastic literature. But some men seem to find this behavior threatening and many are not as subtle about it.”
Not a Real Writer: How Self-Doubt Holds Me Back
"If anything, other people’s success should only encourage me: if they did it, so can I. But that’s where the self-doubt steps in and says, They can do it BUT YOU NEVER WILL BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT A REAL WRITER. It’s the same voice that tells me submitting to writing contests is a waste of money. (It really is, though). It’s the same voice that says, You will never be anything other than what you are at this very moment."
Submission for Beginners: The Reality of Lit Mag Publishing
“Remember that no publication is too small. Years ago, I published a story in a little-known online magazine, back when any online publishing was considered second-rate. I was sort of disappointed, until I discovered a secret about those up-and-coming journals: they work hard for their writers. Because of the dedication of the editors at that journal, my story was nominated for an award and ended up in a print anthology of online writing.”
Kelly Link's New Short Story Collection Explores the Dark Side of Adolescence
"Link writes earnestly, her prose straightforward, never winking at the reader about her own clever imagination. There’s a clear parallel between her work and that of masterful contemporary writers like Karen Russell and Aimee Bender, who also weave fairytale elements into their stories with fantastic result. What sets Link apart is her resistance to the confines of genre. Despite our genre-obsessed literary culture, her stories keep readers guessing."
Reading Instruments: A Fictionista Reports on Monika Zobel's Poetry Collection An Instrument for Leaving
“My deadline is upon me. I am confident that if someone did a poll and asked the general population which produces more anxiety, the end of the world or a deadline, they would all choose the latter because the end is coming someday, but a deadline is happening right now. So, I bake muffins. Then I eat muffins. Then I pace, fiddle with my pen, press “print” and review the four or five pages I’ve got so far.”