Pretty much every reason I can think to resuscitate this blog begins with the prefix re.
prefix: re-; prefix: red-
There’s resuscitate, reinvigorate, reinvent re (as in, about, concerning, regarding), re (as in, do ray me, because sometimes I just go off and lalala, riff with words)
I have written a book-length compilation of essays about aspects of the human thumb for my MFA in creative nonfiction. They are exercises in immersion writing, in which I immersed myself in thumb-related communities — hitchhikers, thimble collectors, players of certain African musical instruments, greenhouse gardeners, baseball players. These exercises did not need to end with the completion of my MFA. And yet they did. I want back in, Coach. I want to immerse myself in communities with stories to tell. I want to get my thumbs in there and then type with them like crazy.
Issue 8 of The Museum of Americana — the music issue — is live. Reviews & Interviews.
Just today I received a funny email from the environmental magazine Orion. The subject seemed funny anyway: “The Parking Lot That Doubles as a Sponge.” It sounds like the setup for an old Saturday Night Live skit: “Shimmer! It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping!” The point is, there’s humor everywhere. Why not in environmental writing, too? That was the gist of this panel that met in a corner of the bowels of the Minneapolis Convention Center at …
AWP2015: But Seriously … Is It Time for More Humor in Environmental Writing?.
I’m privileged to be published in the inaugural issue of Passing Through Journal. With this nonfiction vignette, Thumbing Through meets Passing Through. Read it here: Passing Through Journal | Ann Beman.
Interview with Eleni Sikelianos. In which I interview Eleni Sikelianos about You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek), which conjures in book-length essay the hard-edged life of her burlesque-dancing maternal grandmother.
Last day of AWP, afternoon session. Panel title includes the words “surprise” and “unexpected.” I’m hoping for cake or cosplay characters or unfurling tooty horns, at the very least. But …
AWP 2014: Planning for Surprise.
Select seat with view of lectern. Check.
Push Voice Memo button on phone. Check.
Scribble panel title in notebook. Check.
I’m ready. So are the five panelists facing me, and so are the 60+ audience members surrounding me. We are the researchers in Room 607.
“It’s a bit of an oddball role,” began moderator Ana Maria Spagna. She described the ethical challenges experienced while researching Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, in which she explored her late father’s involvement in the Tallahassee bus boycott of 1957. The various people to whom she spoke had different and sometimes conflicting versions of the story, “as well as their own real lives and real pain,” she said. The crux became …
AWP 2014: The Ethics of Immersion.
It’s safe to say that a majority of AWP’s umpteen thousand attendees love books. If you’re like me, you love every aspect of them — the inked paper smell, the heft of the volume, the font, the cover design, the ideas born within the text, the potential for marginalia, the sound and feel of pages flipping beneath your thumb.
So if you’d seen …
Read the full post here: AWP 2014: Books About Books: A Nonfiction Conundrum.