Tag Archives: The Adderall Diaries

Must Read: “Why I Write”

30 Aug

Wow. All I can say is that you MUST go read Stephen Elliot’s article “Why I Write” over at the Rumpus. Especially if you have any interest in writing whatsoever. You will not regret it, promise.

The thing I really liked about the article, besides his wonderful honesty, is how relatable it is. I think that every writer could read it and point to one section of it and say: “that’s where I am right now as a writer.” As for me, section 1 all the way.

Now I am DYING to start reading The Adderall Diaries. I think I will. Right now. Well — I should do some work, then start it tonight. It’s a plan!

Oh, I finished Ron Rash’s first novel — the first he published, he’s got four out now! — One Foot in Eden last night and I really enjoyed it. Especially how the novel is divided up into sections, by different character’s perspectives, and the only scene in which those four characters are together is (debatedly) the last major scene in the novel. Very nice.


back and ready for action

5 Aug

Oh. My. Gosh.

It has been way too long since I’ve blogged. Unfortunately the duties of being a summer researcher have swallowed me whole for the past week — and I’m not sure I’ve entered regurgitation phase quite yet.

But, alas, I miss blogging way too much. Therefore, I’ve given myself a little leeway to fulfill my blogging desires. It’s like $1 hot-fudge sundaes at McDonald’s — is it really hurting anybody? Besides the waist-line?

Resounding no.

A few updates —

Better World Books is having a Win Free Books for a Year Contest. Deadline is this Friday (Aug. 7), 11:59 p.m. You should get on that. Like right this very instant.

I have recently become quite infatuated with the sunnyoutside press. Check them out — I officially want to buy pretty much all of the books they publish, in particular Tim Horvarth’s novella Circulation.

I am looking for any kind of job reading submissions. Takers? Going once? Going Twice?

And last, but not least, I have officially received via beautiful book packages The Adderall Diares, MLKNG SCKLS, Secondary Sound, Maps and Legends, The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers and the Best of McSweeney’s Volume 1. All in the past week. And have not read any of them.

Why? It starts with a “re” and ends with a “search”-ing for my soul in this avalanche of information. Geez.

AND I have Through the Pale Day, by fellow South Carolinian — when I say fellow, I assume myself a temporary South Carolinian — Brian Ray, coming in the mail.

Wait, actually, I just read Brian Ray’s bio once more on his website and we are officially the same person: both grew up in Georgia, both travelled to South Carolina for undergrad, both published novelists… wait, definitely not that last one. Anyways, you should check this book/this guy out. (I’m pretty sure I mean that in a not-so-creepy-way). Through the Pale Door was published through Hub City Writers Project, which I fully believe everyone in the world should support. So there.

Man, oh man. Feels good to be back.

Lit Lust Crush: The Adderall Diaries

22 Jul

I want this book:

Mostly because it’s written by Stephen Elliot who is editor of the Rumpus, which is awesome. Read more about it at Graywolf Press.