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Kim Osorio Returns to The Source

Kim Osorio and Jay Fingers

One of my favorite writers (and people in general) has returned to her roots.

At a press conference yesterday at NYC’s Muse Hotel, it was announced that Kim Osorio will be the new Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine. Those of you up on your history know that Kim filed, and won, a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the magazine in 2005. The rather onerous conditions she worked under were documented in her 2008 book Straight From The Source: An Expose From The Former Editor-in-Chief of the Hip-Hop Bible.

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Writing: My First Billboard Byline

Jay Fingers Writes For Billboard

This is a small thing. A minor event. And still, it’s a major triumph for the kid.

Last Thursday, I attended Christina Milian’s 30th birthday party at Kiss in Fly. But I wasn’t there to party, get drunk, and shake my ass — no, no, I was there to work. I covered the event for Billboard‘s Backbeat section and, three days after turning in my piece, it finally appeared on their website.

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Writing: Words We Don’t Say by Hugo Lindgren

Writing: Words We Don't Use by Hugo Lindgren

A few months back, New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren shared a story in which he discovered a list of words and phrases (“phony-baloney vocabulary”) that should never find their way into any story. Of course, we’re talking journalism here, but I think the reason Lindgren shared this is because he probably felt this list would prove useful to writers of all disciplines.

I won’t lie, I use a few words on this list. I’m a fan of “maven,” and I just don’t ever see myself ceasing use of “eponymous.” Sorry.

The story of how Lindgren discovered this list is an amusing anecdote in and of itself, and you should read it over at The 6th Floor. I love the way it begins:

In 1997, when I was first hired at New York magazine, Kurt Andersen, now a best-selling novelist and radio-show host, had just been fired as editor. Everybody was grieving about this, though not me, since I wouldn’t have had a job there otherwise.

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Event: One Story Literary Debutante Ball: A Celebration of Emerging Writers (April 29)

One Story

The One Story Literary Debutante Ball is a benefit that celebrates the literary magazine’s debut writers, and honors the one writer who’s been an exceptional mentor to others. The highlight of the benefit will be the formal “presentation” of One Story authors who have published their debut books in the past year:

  • Robin Black, If I Loved You I Would Tell You This (Random House)
  • Susanna Daniel, Stiltsville (HarperCollins)
  • Seth Fried, The Great Frustration (Soft Skull Press)
  • Jerry Gabriel, Drowned Boy (Sarabande Books)
  • Jim Hanas, Why They Cried (ECW Press)

Each writer will be escorted by an established author and/or editor who has been a mentor to them, and, this year, One Story will also honor novelist/memoirist Dani Shapiro for her years of extraordinary support of emerging writers.

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Magazines: Top 50 Literary Magazines

Literary Magazines

Wondering which literary magazines out there will publish your writing and help you escape the hell of obscurity and gain a modicum of recognition? Then wonder no more, Good Readers, for Every Writer’s Resource has published a list of the Top 50 Literary Magazines.

Using about 20 points of criteria, including publication founding date, quality of work and past published authors, this list is (by their own admission) “better ranked than [their] previous list.” Of course, there’s no surprise in seeing mainstays such as The New Yorker and Harper’s here, but there are also quite a few lit mags and anthologies listed that may have otherwise gone overlooked.

Here are their top 10:

  1. New Yorker

    The best of the best. We didn’t have any commercial magazines on our last list, but it was a shame to leave this literary magazine out. After lots of emails here it is one the oldest and the most honored magazine of all. Started in the 1920s and has a circulation of over a million readers. Online submissions:

  2. Ploughshares

    Founded in 1971 Ploughshares is our best and highest ranked university non-commercial literary magazine. It is more honored by national anthologies than any other magazine except the New Yorker. It is an outstanding publication. Online submissions:

  3. The Atlantic Founded in 1857 and often honored by national anthologies. This is another outstanding commercial magazine with a very large circulation of about 400,000 readers. They do publish new writers from time to time. by email.

  4. Harper’s Magazine

    Founded in 1850 and always well honored. It is an outstanding commercial literary magazine with a circulation of 220,000 readers. Submissions by email at

  5. Tin House

    Only started in 2005 but quickly became one of the best and best known literary magazines in the country. It has been honored by national anthologies more times than many literary magazine that have been publishing for over 100 years. No unsolicited Submission.

  6. Paris Review

    The Paris Review started in 1953 and is one of the best known literary magazines in the world. It is always publishing great authors and great works. No online submissions:

  7. New England Review

    Started in 1978 and is one of the best known and best loved literary magazines in the country. It is outstanding. Online submission by payment:

  8. Georgia Review

    Started in 1947 and has won many awards. It is a great literary magazine that publishes great authors and great works. No online submissions:

  9. Kenyon Review

    One of the best literary magazines in the country. You can always find great writers in its pages. Started in 1939. Submissions online:

  10. Five Points

    Is published by Georgia State University and is in our top 10 of these 50 for being always in national anthologies and winning awards. Founded in 1996 still less than 20 years old but a great literary magazine. Online submissions:

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News: Fleeting Pages Pop-Up Bookstore To Open in Shuttered Pittsburgh Borders

News: Fleeting Pages Pop-Up Bookstore To Open in Shuttered Pittsburgh Borders

Okay, now this is cool.

Beginning April 30th, a shuttered Pittsburgh area Borders bookstore will become a Fleeting Pages pop-up book emporium. According to the official Fleeting Pages blog:

Fleeting Pages consists of taking over (taking back??) one of the spaces, left empty by a failed big box bookstore in Pittsburgh, for one month, starting April 30th, and filling it with independent & self-published work of all kinds, book arts, workshops, events […] All revolving around various forms of written self-expression.

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Books: Teen Vogue Has Exclusive Summer and the City Excerpt

Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

Looka here, yo, I don’t read Teen Vogue ever at all. But they did score an exclusive excerpt from Summer and the City, the upcoming novel by Candace Bushnell.

For those who don’t read my blog, Summer and the City is the sequel to The Carrie Diaries, which chronicles the life of a pre-Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw. In this new book, Carrie has finally made it to New York City and is attempting to jump start her writing career.

I read the except. At least I tried to. But it’s spread out over seven fucking pages and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s visiting a website that wants to inflate page hits, extend the time readers stay on the site, and lessen bounce rates by keeping your ass on stuck reading an article that needlessly takes up multiple pages. So I didn’t finish it.

Mind you, this type of fuckery also minifies what little goodwill I still have for The Carrie Diaries series (which isn’t all that much right now, though I still do love Candance Bushnell very much).

Capote Duncan, that brilliant bastard!

The one thing that does amuse me about this is the revelation that Capote Duncan, one of the toxic bachelors from Sex and The City‘s pilot episode, makes an appearance. Check it out below.

Ryan and Capote Duncan are at the White Horse Tavern, seated at a table on the sidewalk. There’s a pot of coffee in front them, and they look rough, like they went to bed late and just got up. Ryan’s eyes are puffy and Capote is unshaven, his hair still damp from a shower.

“Hey,” I say. They’re next to the entrance, making it impossible to avoid them.

“Oh. Hi,” Capote says wearily.

“This is my friend Maggie.”

Ryan immediately perks up at the sight of Maggie’s fresh-faced, all-American prettiness. “What are you girls up to?” he asks flirtatiously, which seems to be his default mode with women. “Do you want to join us?”

Capote gives him a frustrated look, but Maggie sits down before either one of us can object. She probably thinks Ryan is cute.

“Where are you from, Maggie?” Ryan asks.

“Castlebury. Carrie and I are best friends.”

“Really?” Ryan asks, as if this is supremely interesting.

“Ryan and Capote are in my writing class,” I explain.

“I still can’t believe Carrie got into that class. And actually came to New York and everything.”

Capote raises his eyebrows.

“What do you mean?” I ask, slightly annoyed.

“Well, no one ever really thought you’d become a writer.” Maggie laughs.

“That’s crazy. I always said I wanted to be a writer.”

“But you didn’t really write. Until senior year. Carrie worked on the school newspaper,” she says to Ryan. She turns back to me. “But even then you didn’t actually write for the newspaper, did you?”

I roll my eyes. Maggie never figured out I was writing all those stories for the newspaper under a pen name. And I’m not about to tell her now. On the other hand, she’s making me sound like a dilettante in front of Capote. Who already seems to believe I don’t belong in the class.

Fantastic. Maggie’s just added fuel to his fire.

“I’ve always written a lot. I just didn’t show you.”

“Sure,” Maggie says, grinning as if it’s a joke. I sigh. Can’t she see how much I’ve changed? Perhaps it’s because she hasn’t changed at all. She’s the same old Maggie, so she probably assumes I’m the same as well.

“How was the fashion show?” I ask, diverting the conversation away from my supposed lack of writing.

“Great,” Capote says listlessly.

“As you can tell, Capote is a man who knows nothing about fashion. He does, on the other hand, know quite a bit about models,” Ryan says.

“Aren’t models really stupid?” Maggie asks.

Ryan laughs. “That’s not really the point.”

“Ryan’s engaged to a model,” I say, wondering if Becky broke up with Ryan after all. He certainly isn’t acting like a man who’s been dumped. I glance at Capote inquiringly. He shrugs.

“When are you getting married?” Maggie asks politely. She and Ryan seem to have developed a connection and I wonder if she’s disappointed he’s not available.

“Next year,” Ryan says easily. “She went to Paris this morning.” Aha. So no need for a formal breakup after all. And poor Ryan, sitting here without a clue. On the other hand, Capote is probably perfectly capable of lying about the situation. He might have told me Becky was going to dump Ryan because he wants Becky for himself.

“Interesting,” I say, to no one in particular.

Capote puts five dollars on the table. “I’m taking off.”

“But—” Ryan objects. Capote gives a small shake of his head. “I guess I am too,” Ryan says reluctantly. “Nice to meet you.” He smiles at Maggie. “What are you doing tonight?”

“Carrie’s making us have drinks with some guy.”

“Bernard Singer is not ‘some guy,'” I point out.

Capote pauses. “Bernard Singer? The playwright?”

“He’s Carrie’s boyfriend,” Maggie says dismissively.

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