The folks over at Flavorwire compiled a list of the harshest rejection letters received by famous authors. The list includes literary luminaries like Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jack Kerouac. But my absolute favorite is the letter you see above, written by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to his biographer William McKeen.
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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.
Since I did not vlog this week, I’m putting up a video that was shared by my beautiful friend Ruby. In this clip, from the 2007 documentary Dreams With Sharp Teeth, writer Harlan Ellison (who’s penned more classics than a person could ever hope to read in one lifetime) rants about an incident with the producers of Babylon Five in which they expected him to participate in the filming of a DVD extra for free.
“They always want the writer to work for nothing,” Ellison says. “And problem is, there’s so many goddamn writers who have no idea that they’re supposed to be paid every time they do something, they do it for nothing!”
Last week, the Rona Jaffe Foundation announced the winners of its 2011 Writers’ Awards. Each of the six winning writers will receive a $25,000 prize. They are:
- Melanie Drane (Poetry)
- Apricot Irving (Non-fiction)
- Fowzia Karimi (Fiction)
- Namwali Serpell (Fiction)
- Merritt Tierce (Fiction)
- JoAnn Wypijewski (Non-fiction)
The Rona Jaffe Foundation gives its awards under a program that identifies and supports women writers of exceptional talent, focusing on writers in the early stages of their careers.
“Anyone can become a writer. The trick is staying a writer.”
—Harlan Ellison, Writer
Whether you love him or hate him, one thing is surely true—Touré has a new book coming out, and you do not. The author/journalist has written Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now, which is about, well, exactly what it says on the tin. Touré attempts to explore what it means to be black in America in the age of Obama.
Examining the concept of “Post-Blackness,” a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don’t want to be limited by identity politics, Touré divulges intimate, funny, and painful stories of how racial expectations have shaped his own life, and explores how the concept of Post-Blackness functions in politics, art, culture, and more. The book also includes insights from a wide spectrum of contemporary luminaries, from Cornel West to Malcolm Gladwell to Kara Walker to David Paterson to Chuck D.
On Tuesday, September 13, Greenlight Bookstore hosts the launch of the book with a party featuring refreshments and music from DJ FRiTZO, along with a chance to meet and talk with Touré.
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