Too Many Books In The Kitchen

I'm Michael Hingston, books columnist for the Edmonton Journal (new columns every other Friday).

My first novel, The Dilettantes, was just published by Freehand Books. Here's everything you might want to know about it.

Other topics under discussion: podcasts, strange sodas, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Moby-Dick.

Email me, if you like, at hingston [at] gmail [dot] com. I'm available for hire and I like free books.

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"Comic Sans" (The Incongruous Quarterly)
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"The Men in the Mirror"
"Moby-Dick; or, My Favourite Book"
"The Pop-Culture Annotated 'Lord's Prayer'"
"Tumblr Recommends"

The End of Gamers

dangolding:

The last few weeks in videogame culture have seen a level of combativeness more marked and bitter than any beforehand.

First, a developer—a woman who makes games who has had so much piled on to her that I don’t want to perpetuate things by naming her—was the target of a harassment campaign that…

Aug 28, 2014
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Today The Dilettantes is published in Germany. I asked it to call home every Sunday but it just rolled its eyes.

Aug 27, 2014
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When most readers talk about pleasing the fans, they’re really talking about pleasing them.
Marvel’s Tom Brevoort. Aug 27, 2014
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katiecoyle:

poptimism:

Mallory Ortberg has a voice like an old movie actress. (“Male Novelist Jokes” at the Last Bookstore in LA)

Mallory Ortberg is everything.

Oh god it’s even better read out loud.

(Source: youtube.com)

Aug 26, 2014
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kittydoom:

salon:

We dare you to say we don’t live in a rape culture.

Amazingly, not The Onion:

“[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”

(via mattfractionblog)

Aug 26, 2014
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Anonymous said: Ok, I, a white girl, was gonna dress up as Nick Fury for Halloween. I wasn't going to do blackface or anything stupid like that, but I am being required to participate in a superhero theme and I didn't want to wear anything skintight. So, basically, do you know any other superheroes that don't have skintight costumes?

yoisthisracist:

Racists write in here mad all the time that I never really seem to get all that heated about the struggles of white people, but I have to tell you, it’s hard to be sympathetic when, for real, white people asking how they can dress up like Samuel L. Jackson is in literally the top 5 most asked concerns troubling white folks these days.

Aug 25, 2014
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Amanda Petrusich, Do Not Sell at Any Price

Most likable of all is Los Angeles-based Jonathan Ward, who has no illusions about the heterogeneous profile of most of his peers, as well as the uncomfortable truths about why the blues has become by far the most valuable and sought-after genre of 78s: “Oh, there’s music all over the world that’s equally as rare,” he says. “Let’s not say more rare, because those [blues] records are incredible, they’re rare, and they represent a very interesting piece of Americana in a very finite period of time. But that same thing exists in many other places. It’s just: does it captivate white dudes?”

I reviewed Amanda Petrusich’s new book for the Globe and Mail.

Read the whole thing here.

Aug 25, 2014
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Totally hypnotized by this real-time, hour-long video of Hank Green trying to research and write a script.

It’s the distillation of every question a writer gets asked about their “process”: just let me see your damn screen while you work.

(Yes, I accidentally watched the whole thing.)

Aug 22, 2014
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Lifespan of a Novel, part two: Finding an author

Today, Barbour is president of NeWest’s 15-member volunteer board. Together, the board members read through submissions from the slush pile (like most small, independent publishers, NeWest accepts unsolicited manuscripts from anywhere in the country) and collectively decide which titles they want to publish. If a manuscript gets a positive response from three separate readers, that’s usually the equivalent of a green light.

Last week kicked off my four-part series Lifespan of a Novel, where we learned how Laurence Miall found a publisher for his soon-to-be-released debut novel Blind Spot.

This week, we look at the other side of the coin: how do publishers find their authors?

Read it here.

Aug 22, 2014
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VACATION RULES

harperperennial:

booksinthekitchen:

  1. Always go to the used bookstore.
  2. Always buy a book.

3. Always listen to Michael.

Thanks, olive wearing a wig. Your secret identity is safe with me.

Aug 21, 2014
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