1. "Growing up, I didn’t read novels by women. It’s not that I didn’t want to. It’s almost like I didn’t think that I needed to or, I guess, I didn’t know that I needed to. I was perfectly happy in a world contained by men. I adopted the posture of the brooding male as my own. I was Salinger, I was Kerouac, I was any male protagonist in a novel that one of my boyfriends recommended. I didn’t know that there was a specific female sadness so I was content with relating to a generalized one. And in a way, reading these novels was less of a way to relate and more of a way to learn how to be the type of girl that these male novelists liked. One of my first ambitions wasn’t to be a writer – it was to be a writer’s muse."
    — Gabby Bess, in Dazed
    Tagged #gabby bess
     

  2. perros-romanticos:

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    Tiene 23 años y vive en Barcelona. Escribe en PlayGround y es editora en El Gaviero Ediciones. Ha publicado algunos libros de poesía y narrativa, coordinado algunas antologías de literatura joven y traducido a algunos autores franceses. Recientemente he sido incluida en la antología “40 likely to die befote 40

    <3

     

  3. Please Submit to Anime Dad Review

    candtorrance:

    I feel like Anime Dad Review was some sort of parental figure.

    I feel like if I could personify Anime Dad Review any further,

    they would have taken me out on a beer run when I got into McMaster.

    Anime Dad Review is the parent I hoped to be to some degree.

    Anime Dad Review help me deconstruct my work in a way that made me think,

    "hey, Cand,

    you’re going to make art that you’re going to like someday”.

    Anime Dad Review took me and Alexandra Naughton

    and said 2 things:

    "1. Alexandra ain’t Naughton to fuck wit".

    "2. Cand Rules Everything Around Me”.

    Anime Dad Review put Alexandra Naughton and I on similar planes of existence.

    I still have a lot to learn,

    but Anime Dad Review

    put me in AP classes,

    without hesitation,

    and not by my request.

    Anime Dad Review just sort of believed in what I was doing.

    When Anime Dad Review came out

    it reaffirmed the necessity of working hard to achieve your goals,

    networking,

    etc.

    I feel like Megan Wemberly 

    became Wemberly Worried 

    the night I considered going back to college.

    It was an inevitability,

    but I still feel responsible.

    All I can do is

    keep up w/e this is.

    So Wemberly can be a little less worried,

    but like,

    still uphold her title.

    I want to thank her for listening

    and like, 

    inspiring me.

    I want to be Klonopin someone takes when they get a little too worried.

    I want them to read something stupid I wrote

    and I want there to be chillwave playing somewhere in the mind,

    because I’ve resurrected chillwave for them,

    by killing it.

    I want to inspire them

    the way Wemberly Worried inspired me

    to the point where I’m one of a few things that make them less worried.

    I believe in them.

    I want them to submit to Anime Dad Review.

     

  4. altlitgossip:

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    imageFrank Hinton's upcoming novel might have the title of some future android's wordy thesis title for the class of 2460, but if this exclusive extract is anything to go by, it's also got a lot of heart – if by heart you mean the way its unflinching portrait of humanity on the brink of…

     
  5. Ghosts by Moon Temple

    It’s a bad idea to become close to a writer because it hurts to know the truth about yourself. Your heart will be pierced. It becomes suffocating. At the age of eight, in the summer-time, I would swim at a swimming pool with the day-camp group my grandma paid for me to be a part of. Paid for me to get out of the house, interact with others my own age, gain useful life-lessons from the high school-aged counselors managing the camp. In the pool, the older boys would often swim up behind me, putting one hand on my head and the other around my shoulders, and dunk me. Every time felt like death. So sudden. I’d be gasping for air for a full minute after. The way other people speak about you when they don’t realize you are listening. The way other people see you. The words feel suffocating.

    read story here

     

  6. when helen keller said “water” in “the miracle worker” you know it wasn’t really helen keller, right?

    22ndcenturylit:

    if we pooled all of our blood we could probably drown quite a large animal,

    i think, but don’t say,

    because i know this is the kind of thing

    you wouldn’t want to hear. you don’t want to remember

    that what lives in you lives in me, too, that we are both

    collections of cells and parasites, roaming the planet, individual

    ecosystems, ready to spill.

    but the bones and muscles and tendons and marrow

    that hold together all of this mess,

    they’re all we have to rely on, i think. so 

    we must.

     

  7. Anonymous said: can the bio just be sent at the beginning of the submission? and is there a limit as to how many poems you can send in at once (on one PDF)?

    yes.

    no limit on poems.

     
  8. Electric Blue by Luis Silva

    Found this story in my dropbox the other day and finished it. It was supposed to be the middle chapter of a novel but I was never able to get to that point and just forgot I had written this. The novel is now abandoned. The themes were too big for my skills as a writer. I might salvage some more stories from the manuscript soon. So here is one. Another one will be in glitterMOB around September.

     
  9. thetsaritsa:

    beaboutitpress:

    SHAME BIBLE

    new short fiction by Dave Shaw, published by Be About It Press in July, 2014. Read it on scribd for free.

    Daniel reads an email from Noah: ‘I don’t think the bible ever actually says that the forbidden fruit was an apple. I don’t know how I feel about the connection between Steve jobs and the illuminati…seems like, grotesquely cartoonish…lol… the stuff about the snake skins at the end is kind of “on the nose” but I like what you are trying to do, seems good… lol auto-correct changed “good” to “god”… Freudian? Freudian auto-correct, lol, see u at breakfast.’

    hot and fresh out the beaboutitpress kitchen

     
  10. i cannot overstress how much i love this song

     
     
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  12. self-diagnosis:

    derangement /
    affected insomnia

    sloth /
    unemployment /
    and not seeking

    writing /
    not writing /
    and writing shit

    seclusion /
    friend’s wedding /
    not invited

    depression /
    three years ago /
    infinite dread /
    now / not so bad

    could be better
    with:

    Dickinson, Pessoa, Woolf
    meat (grilled or fried)
    masturbate more or less
    explore walking trail behind house in the hills

     
  13. Mira Gonzalez has a conversation with Andrew Worthington:

    My friend Andrew Worthington mailed me an advanced review copy of his first novel ‘Walls’ on May 11th, 2014, along with a $5 check to pay me back for a gin and tonic I bought him when I was visiting New York the previous month. He asked me for a blurb to put on the back of the book. I obliged after reading the novel and enjoying it, but then I realized that writing blurbs is a terrifying nightmare and I suddenly felt completely incapable of writing one. Anyways, here are the blurbs I ended up writing:

    If you feel positively about even one of these things: sex, drugs, happiness, the laughter of small children, bacon, cashmere, any disney movie, efforts to reverse global warming, adorable animals, then you will LOVE Walls by Andrew Worthington.

    I once heard a story about Andrew Worthington secretly putting orange juice in guacamole because he thought it would taste good, but then the guacamole just tasted like orange juice and it was bad. He didn’t do anything like that with this book.

    One time I bought Andrew Worthington a drink, then I moved across the country and he mailed me a $5 check to cover the cost of the drink, which was $8.

    One time Andrew Worthington brought blood sausage to a rooftop barbecue and I ate it because I felt bad that nobody else was eating it.

    Andrew Worthington looks a lot like Dermot Mulroney, who is an actor that I didn’t know about at all until someone told me Andrew Worthington looks like him.

    An engrossing book and one that is often difficult to swallow, emotionally. Ultimately redemptive, uplifting, great characterization. Well done. -An Amazon customer review for Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

    Ultimately, none of my blurbs were used to promote Andrew’s book. Which I think was a really smart decision on behalf of Andrew and/or his publisher.

    After all my blurbs were rejected, I offered to interview Andrew instead. It took us ~1.5 months and 52 emails before we finally sat down and had a Gchat conversation. Which, by the way, has nothing to do with Andrew, who is very reliable. It is entirely due to me constantly forgetting to respond to his emails for multiple weeks.

    The following is my conversation with Andrew Worthington, author of Walls, which is available now via Civil Coping Mechanisms.

    read interview here

     

  14. mirissaleja:

    A collection of short poems, image macros, and tweets inspired by recent life events and feelings and shit.

     

  15. my-strangefruit:

    Three new poems as seen on HOLEY SCRIPTURE.