Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

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Dionne Brand: Writing Against Tyranny and Toward Liberation

Dionne Brand

In this talk and reading at Barnard College, the Canadian poet, speaks to our questing, wanting hearts.

“I don’t believe in the notion of justice, since it presumes a state of affairs that is somehow formerly good but for certain anomalies is legitimate. In our case, I think that we live in a state of tyranny and to ask a tyranny to dismantle itself, to claim, to ask for, to invoke justice is to present our bodies, already consigned in that tyranny to the status of non-being, to ask that tyranny to bring us into being and that is impossible and it won’t.” -Dionne Brand

This talk is an excerpt from “Poetics of Justice: A Conversation Between Claudia Rankine and Dionne Brand,” part of the series Caribbean Feminisms.

Dionne Brand: Writing Against Tyranny and Toward Liberation

 

Master Class with Jill Soloway

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“Protagonism is propaganda that protects and perpetuates privilege.”

This is about story, kids. This is about the poems we write. The short fiction. The novels. The plays. The TV shows. The films.

What work we support and why we do it.

Check her out. The Female Gaze. The Feminist Gaze. Gazing on. Empathy generator. Fucking yes, finally. Bringing it into literature.

You get the idea that the world might be okay after all.

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Benedict Cumberbatch reads letter, Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse

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Eva Hesse

Gish Jen said we must watch and heed. As I listened to the first part, I wondered if ever I’d had such a loss of control, if I’d ever made art, whether written or visual, with the untormented mind.

If you are a creative person, please listen. You won’t regret the time.

Benedict Cumberbatch

 

George Saunders

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On story writing:

“…it’s actually your own discontent with it that in some slow, mysterious way urges it to higher ground.”

On love and story writing:

“…you come back to [your partner] day after day and you try to intuit their real expansiveness.”

On Story

 

Eileen Myles Animated

Pay the Fucking Writer–and not at 30 year old Canada Council rates, either

It bears remembering that you have a duty and an obligation to pay professional rates and expenses for professional appearances.

The “death by exposure” climate has always bothered me. I remember one bookstore which actually demanded, after I read for them, that I return my meagre Canada Council reading fee back to them.

And while we’re on the topic, Canada Council rates are not what you should be paying, folks. Multiply it.

You wouldn’t ask a dentist, a lawyer, an accountant to work for free. If you have paid anyone–and that includes your salary–but you can’t pay us a living wage, then you need to shut your event down.

Think of what goes in to a shared reading. The writing itself may have taken years, or months, or weeks. Certainly it will take anywhere from an hour to several hours to decide what to read, to time it properly, to practice its delivery, to figure out performance clothing etc. With travel, the event itself will take probably five or six hours for the writer; you may think you should only pay for the writer’s twenty minutes on stage, but that writer, courtesy demands, must appear early and stay through the evening through the other readers. Additionally, that writer may also have to pay for a babysitter, gas, parking, and/or a meal.

Harlan Ellison

Writers: Value Yourself and Your Work

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Colm Toibin and the Toil of Writing

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Colm Toibin on BBC Radio 4

George Saunders on story

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Here, from The Atlantic, is George Saunders talking about how to write a good story. I love George Saunders’ heart. Sometimes, the Semplica-Girl Diaries, a story of his that IV-dripped into me, swirls in my brain.

After listening to this video, now I will hear this:

“…what you try and do with the person you love. You come back to them again and again and try to intuit their real expansiveness and you try to keep them close to you and give them the benefit of the doubt.” I have never heard this expressed quite this way before and I hope George Saunders wouldn’t mind if I say that this is why women stay with battering spouses.

This, indeed, is why I stayed with her. I continued to try to intuit her real expansiveness. It was this expansiveness under her crabbed expression of rage that bound, fascinated, compelled and tugged me closer.

It’s discontent and generosity that builds story. May I always remember this.

George Saunders

Here’s another interview from Triquarterly:

An Interview with George Saunders

“We just got our submissions for our grad program [at Syracuse] and we got 600 this year for 6 spots. And I read 165 of those. And it’s so interesting. Everybody has a beautiful life. And everybody has an intense childhood. And everybody has, I think, some ability to be moved by literature. But then you see 165 people stepping forward to try to make that magic on their own, and it’s not a given. You can be a really smart, really well read, really well intentioned person, but somehow the thing you’re writing doesn’t come alive. Every year we do this, I’m kind of stunned by how many people are writing and also how well, and also how few of those people really get into the zone of speaking to me or speaking to another human being at the heart level. It’s kind of a mysterious thing. It’s kind of terrifying.”

Big Creature Media: You know you want it

I’m impressed with my friend Rosa Jurjevics’s multimedia company, Big Creature Media, which specializes in all aspects of motion graphics, animation, and video editing. I am too old to know about anything newer than Brownie cameras, but she always pretends I’m not and let’s me get (faux) gear-geeky. She knows her stuff, and you should probably know her stuff, too, especially if you have a hankering for a multimedia genius who can write like spit (and, also, spit pretty far).

 

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Patti Smith reads Virginia Woolf

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The godmother of punk reads from “The Waves.”

Patti Smith reads Virginia Woolf

A Transparent Glass of Water

She has no personality except when she’s with other people.  A short video:

Joyce Carol Oates

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