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Write This
Cafe Hopeless
Willesden Herald
 
Belt Loops, High Praise for New Short Stories 3,
& The War Diaries
Official May 2009
Greetings!

Thank you for making the re-launch of Write This a success.  We received many excellent submissions and are still reading.  The selected pieces will appear in the Jun 21 issue.
 
Pretend Genius has also published a new book of poetry by poet Elias Miller.  It's a fascinating, thought-provoking, and stunning collection.  Please support this poet by purchasing a copy of his book:  here.
 
Best wishes,
Pretend Genius
Announcements! 
 
New book of poetry "Belt Loops & Bird Food, Collected Poems 2002-2009" by Elias Miller is now available for your enjoyment.  Visit Pretend Genius for more details. 
 
Write This now accepting submissions and we're paying $50/30 for accepted work (payable via PayPal or check).  The theme for the next issue is something that you won't see anywhere else.
 
Please visit the Write This website for details.
 
In This Issue
Announcements
Belt Loops & Bird Food
Cafe Hopeless - The War Diaries
High praise for New Short Stories 3
Things we're tracking...
Views and Reviews
Belt Loops & Bird Food
Collected Poems 2002-2009
 
Poetry, once only the domain of the upper class and educated caste, is now a way for everyday people to see the world, to interpret the mundane into something deeper, perhaps even a universal identification of the human experience. The poet Elias Miller has the ability to compress meaning, create word play, soundscapes and generate insights in a small space. Belt Loops & Bird Food establishes a context of common experience that anchors meaning and builds an identification with the reader in ways that are moving and often stunning.
Cafe Hopeless - The War Diaries
 
Last month we interviewed "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" and came to the conclusion that no one will agree about William Carlos Williams vs. Wallace Stevens.  This month we bring you an interview with the War Diaries by Jean Paul Sartre.  In Paris.  Zizou.
High praise for New Short Stories 3
 
The title story in New Short Stories 3 "Work" has received enthusiastic reviews.
 
"Work" is a characteristically understated title for a story that concerns itself with the very ordinary, and manages to find there philosophy, politics, and great vistas of melancholy feeling. I admire it intensely: Jo Lloyd is somehow able to write everyday paragraphs that lift off into flourishes of quiet wisdom - a wisdom whose warmth and sensitivity is in poignant contrast to the cold world she describes.
 
Like all the best short stories, this is a capacious work of literature, and it confronts the reader with big questions. High-flown captions come to mind: it is about the degradations of capitalism, the nature of contemporary friendship, the meaning of work, of risk and of loyalty - but the story itself prohibits such ungainly representation. Jo has found for it a voice of memorable clarity and simplicity, and it speaks perfectly, beautifully, for itself.
 
Rana Dasgupta
(If you don't haven't heard about Rana Dasgupta yet, you soon will. Speaking about Rana's latest novel "Solo", no less a person than Salman Rushdie said: 'A novel of exceptional, astonishing strangeness, Solo confirms Rana Dasgupta as the most unexpected and original Indian writer of his generation.')

Things we're tracking...
 
London Event
 
PG author, Stephen Moran contributed the closing story to the Willesden Writers last anthology, which won a major national literary prize (3,000) in the UK. You are invited to the launch of their latest collection, "What we were thinking just before the end", at 8 pm on May 28th upstairs at The Space, Willesden Library center, London NW10, with special guest: Joe Dunthorne ("The teenage voice is funny and dead-on" New York Times review of his debut novel). Admission is free. There will be an interval when refreshments will be provided and copies of the new book will be for sale.
New Partners 
 
We'd like to thank the following people and/or group(s) for their support:
 
Susan Katz
Mel Fawcett
Next to last word...
 
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j. tyler blue
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