Thursday, June 11, 2009

Connecticut News

By way of Book Tour, I've learned that Tony Abbott (Firegirl and The Postcard) will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in Milford, Connecticut next Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Eric Berlin, who did a blog tour and contest in April for The Potato Chip Puzzles (my computer guy entered almost every single day and won nada), will be at the same store on Monday, June 22, at 7:30 PM.

I've also recently heard (well, the publisher sent me an e-mail) about a publication here in Connecticut called The New Haven Review. According to its website, "It was founded to resuscitate the art of the book review and draw attention to Greater New Haven-area writers." We're all for book reviews and Greater New Haven-area writers here at Original Content. (I am not a Greater New Haven-area writer, though I did eat at Pepe's last year.)

At its website, The New Haven Review has what appears to be a blog maintained by a number of writers. On June 5, Alison Moncrief wrote about the New Yorker article Show or Tell: Should Creative Writing Be Taught? Alison ends her post with with some interesting questions. She says:

"Would the New Yorker publish, “Sight and Vision: Should Painting be Taught?” or “Stories upon Stories: Should Architecture be Taught?” or even “Eat Your Cake too: Should the Culinary Arts be taught?” I don’t think so. How and why is writing held to a different standard? Is it that ultimately we don’t as a nation really consider writing to be an art form? That we can’t understand that painting, buildings, and poems can all narrate humanity-just through different media?"

Personally, I think it's more likely that we as a nation consider writing to be way too arty. People see it as being too mystical to even explain, let alone teach.

"Stories upon Stories: Should Architecture be Taught"--I thought that was very clever.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recognition, Gail

Bennett Lovett-Graff
New Haven Review