Into the Madness

Welcome to the world again. Now that you’re here, do you like the way you move?

–Johnny Blackthorn, “Into the Madness”

Hello again.

Quite a lot has happened in the literary world during The Great AngelSpeak Hiatus of 2011. Jennifer Egan not only won the much coveted Rooster (as predicted by Kerry at Hungry Like the Woolf), she also won the Pulitzer for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad; Tom Franklin won the LA Times Book Prize for his mystery/thriller, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter; and a British library took the plunge and paid £32,000 for the email archive of poet Wendy Cope.

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I’ve Always Wanted a Rooster

It’s funny.  But if you have the time to actually read all the stuff you ask to be sent to your inbox, you’ll discover there’s a whole world of literary activity taking place out there.  I have, for years now, been getting the Times in my inbox.  Unless the headline was really something spectacular, the vast majority of those emails went directly into the trash, unread.  Lately, I’ve been reading it instead.  And, surprise of all surprises, there’s interesting stuff going on in the world.  Imagine that.  Since I have a little more time than usual these days, I’ve also been reading The Millions pretty religiously.  And I’ve discovered that I’m a new convert to a very old, very established movement.  Okay.  So I’m late to the party.  What of it?  Just in case some of you are also late the party (or missed the party altogether), I like to include some of the more interesting information gleaned from my reading here.  Today’s tidbit involves a rooster.

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