Mar. 12th, 2009

Slush

Mar. 12th, 2009 05:56 pm
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I've been reading the submissions for I LIKE IT LIKE THAT: TRUE TALES OF GAY DESIRE, forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in October. My co-editor, Richard Labonté, has already read everything and I'm trying to catch up now.

And I'm boggled at how many people missed the mark on this project.

Whatever happened to the first person personal essay? There are so many people who write so smartly about sex and desire. For previous books, the slush pile has been an embarrassment of riches. Obviously, we didn't do a good enough job in getting the word out or they've all stopped writing or were too busy with other projects or a myriad of other possible problems.

Why did so many people write things in second person for a book titled *I* LIKE IT LIKE THAT?

There are, of course, some exceptions, which are beautiful and lovely and APPROPRIATE submissions, but...

Right now the slush pile (and I've only just dipped a toe in so maybe all the dross floated to the top) is making me very cranky. And it's a lovely spring day, around 21º c (70º F). I may very well shut the computer and go for a walk through the Retiro or something to clear my head.
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Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Founders Auditorium
Celebrating the Life and Work of Octavia E. Butler – SYMPOSIUM
The National Black Writers Conference Bi-Annual Symposium celebrates the life and work of renowned speculative fiction author Octavia E. Butler in a daylong symposium. The program features readings, panels and book signings with a stellar roster of speculative fiction writers including L.A. Banks, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and Nnedi Okorafor. For ticket info: www.mec.cuny.edu/blacklitcenter. Sponsored by the National Black Writers Conference and the Center for Black Literature.

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