Archive for April 2013

Famous Authors' Harshest Rejection Letters--Flavorwire

Rejection sucks. If you’re an artist in any capacity, you’re familiar with the barren terrain of it. Even the greatest authors of our time have dealt with rejection, from Gertrude Stein to Tim Burton, here is a sampling of some of the harshest rejection letters presented to you by Flavorwire after the jump.    ... Read more »

Literary Events in May

May 1st Celebrate RUI: Reading Under the Influence’s eighth birthday on the back patio at Sheffield’s. There’s a $3 cover and domestic beers are $2. The event starts at 7pm and features performances by RUI’s own Rob Duffer, Julia Borcherts, Amy Guth and Erin Nederbo. The event will also showcase emerita Jesse Jordan and Carly... Read more »

RUI: Reading Under the Influence THIS Wednesday May 1st from 7-9pm at Sheffield's

RUI: Reading Under the Influence THIS Wednesday May 1st from 7-9pm at Sheffield's
RUI: Reading Under the Influence Date: Wednesday, May 1st from 7-9 p.m. (readings begin at 7:30 p.m.) Theme: Eight Location: Sheffield’s (back room), 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Phone: 773-281-4989 Website: www.readingundertheinfluence.com Cover charge: $3   Featured readers:  Featuring RUI’s own: Rob Duffer, Amy Guth, Erin Nederbo, and Julia Borcherts. As well as Emerita: Jesse Jordan and... Read more »
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Ashes to Ashes by Jessica M. Scott

Ashes to Ashes by Jessica M. Scott   The Audacity was drifting aimlessly in space. Her warp ring had been damaged in an incident with raiders off the Bronx arm of G442. In the pilot’s chair, Charlotte propped her foot up on the console and listened to the ringback tone echo off the brushed metal... Read more »

Eloquence in the face of life: a review of Aleksandar Hemon's The Book of My Lives

Part of my engrossment with Aleksandar Hemon’s collection of autobiographical essays, The Book of My Lives, is how smart he is. I don’t mean intellectual—although he’s clearly that too. I just mean perceptive, perhaps not surprising for a man who escaped war-torn Sarajevo at the age of 27. How skillfully and unstintingly he shares hard-earned,... Read more »

In Defense of the Short Story Collection

In Defense of the Short Story Collection
The thing is, there are two types of road trips. The first kind is the destination driven trip, the cross country, New York to L.A. style, “we’re making great time,” dad-won’t-pull-over-for-me-to-pee road trip. The planned out, continuous, stunning road trip that leaves you feeling like you accomplished something, a real trip. A real journey. Then... Read more »
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Three Poems by Dave Hardin

Trinity   Three times now I’ve seen them. Crossing the yard but three weeks ago led, leashed by the dog to the solemn Norway spruce that celebrates mass and blesses her gifts the third such that morning. Enamel blue sky after a three day snow precise transverse incision above the southern horizon inscribed by a... Read more »

Time to Go: A Short Story by Cyn Vargas

Time to Go  by Cyn Vargas   The car was cold. Parked in the middle of the lot surrounded by all the other cars with the only difference- except for colors, makes, and models- was that those cars were empty. The drivers and its passengers were inside K-Mart shopping in the heated store while their... Read more »

It's Complicated: How I Became a Writer

I like to picture the writer as bad clichés do. Scruffy, awkward, addicted to either coffee or alcohol. Snapping their fingers and a book or bon mot appears. Or more likely, in an increasingly threadbare jacket and scragglier bead, no book appearing. Type-writer pounding. Coffee spilled on the keyboard. Canned soup. Infrequent paychecks. Who would... Read more »
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2nd Story Presents Won't Back Down: Stories of Grit and Getting By THIS Saturday April 27th 7pm--10pm at Underground Wonderbar

2nd Story Presents Won't Back Down: Stories of Grit and Getting By THIS Saturday April 27th 7pm--10pm at Underground Wonderbar
Won’t Back Down: Stories of Grit and Getting By   “Grit” is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals – or just plain pluck. We offer you four stories of everyday people standing up, setting out and refusing to crumble. A woman steps into conflict on the el, a small business remains an anchor for... Read more »