Post-Holiday Links

I have some reviews to write, but here are some links that might be of interest:

Open Letters Monthly’s July issue is avilable. It has lots of good stuff including:
* A huge, feeling analysis of Vincent Bugliosi’s huge book on the Kennedy

* A busy round-up of the reviews of Ian McEwan’s ‘On Chesil Beach’.

* A review of the Pope’s intriguingly conciliatory book ‘Jesus of Nazareth’.

– The storySouth 2007 Million Writers Award for Fiction has been announced:

The winner of the 2007 Million Writers Award for best online short story is “Urchins, While Swimming” by Catherynne M. Valente, published in Clarkesword Magazine. Valente’s story received 31% of the public vote. The runner-ups were “All the Way to Grangeville” by A. Ray Norsworthy (Eclectica Magazine) and “The Infinite Monkey Theorem” by Marshall Moore (Word Riot).

Click the bove link to read the stories.

Boldtype also has a new issue out:

The best cure for wanderlust, short of a plane ticket, is reading about a remarkable trip. This month, we bring you a bevy of books chronicling extraordinary journeys. An intrepid travel writer reports from the torrid zone, while a ghostwriter becomes entangled in intrigue in Budapest. Vikram Seth sneaks into Tibet from China, a child soldier winds his way through West Africa, and a collection of Indiana Jones-wannabes get themselves in trouble in sweltering climes. Vic Darkwood offers a wicked satire of Englishmen abroad; and a Magnum photographer teams up with Orhan Pamuk to sketch a complex portrait of Istanbul. We close with an interview with “Dishwasher” Pete Jordan, who spent ten years trying to wash dishes in all 50 states. The only danger you’ll face, of course, is that these tales are as likely to spark your desire to travel as assuage it.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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