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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Moody’

Jennifer Egan to Publish Sci-Fi Story on Twitter

Novelist Jennifer Egan will publish a complete science fiction story on The New Yorker Fiction Twitter feed over the next few nights.

The New York Observer reported that the experiment will begin tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Egan (pictured)  has experimented in her fiction before, writing a short story disguised as a list and publishing PowerPoint fiction for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. Back in 2009, Electric Literature performed a similar experiment with novelist Rick Moody.

Here’s more from the author: “This is not a new idea, of course, but it’s a rich one—because of the intimacy of reaching people through their phones, and because of the odd poetry that can happen in a hundred and forty characters. I found myself imagining a series of terse mental dispatches from a female spy of the future, working undercover by the Mediterranean Sea. I wrote these bulletins by hand in a Japanese notebook that had eight rectangles on each page. The story was originally nearly twice its present length; it took me a year, on and off, to control and calibrate the material into what is now ‘Black Box.’” (Link via MB Newsfeed; image via Marion Ettlinger)

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Can Big Books Stop a Bullet?

Electric Literature has started off the year by shooting books, literally blasting titles by Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, and other writers.

In the video embedded above, Tom Shillue went to the Westside Pistol & Rifle Range in New York City to see how many books from 2010 could actually stop a bullet. The video was directed by Alex Markman.

Turns out 21st Century readers have little hope of protecting themselves with a book in a duel. Any suggestions for books that really could stop a bullet?

Jonathan Lethem and Rick Moody

Writers Rally To Support Novelist Charles Bock & His Family

In February, a team of writers will throw The World’s Most Literary Rent Party Ever to support novelist Charles Bock and his family. UPDATE: This PayPal link has been troublesome, so follow this link and click on the graphic to donate via PayPal.

Here’s more from Edward Champion: “I have learned that Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, and his family are now facing serious hardship. Bock’s wife, Diana, is now in the hospital with leukemia. They have a two year old daughter. The costs — physical, emotional, and financial — are quite high. Difficult even for a writer who has experienced some success. In an effort to help the Bock Family out, the literary community has come together for a special benefit that is set to go down on Sunday, February 6, 2011. At PS 122 in the East Village. Tickets are set to go on sale on January 10th.”

As you can see from the poster embedded above, Bock’s supporters include everybody from Gary Shteyngart to Rivka Galchen to Jonathan Franzen to Rick Moody. Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include PayPal information.

GalleyCat Confidential: How To Pitch Us Your Book

This afternoon, GalleyCat joined Bloomberg News book review editor Laurie Muchnick, Library Journal book review editor Heather McCormack, and Publishers Weekly children’s book editor Diane Roback on the Book Reviewer Panel for the Young to Publishing Group. We wanted to follow up with some helpful links for all authors, publicists, and publishing folk contacting GalleyCat.

Kate Childs (the executive assistant to the president & publisher of Random House Publishing Group) tweeted the entire event and took the picture embedded above and the panel was moderated by Newmarket Press sales & marketing coordinator Haley Pierson-Cox.

Most importantly, we urged everybody to use GalleyCat’s “New Books” page on Facebook. We use this page to create our Coming Attractions features and organize our book review coverage.  Want to include your book? Just follow the easy directions on our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post.

We also stressed GalleyCat’s constant push for inclusiveness, from to sponsoring the Book Pitch Party next month to our new book  giveaway contests to our massive Book Reviewers on Twitter list–we hope to keep the GalleyCat community growing.

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Rick Moody: ‘Writers Are More Desperate Than Any Time Since I’ve Been Watching’

In a candid interview at Big Think (embedded above) novelist Rick Moody worried about the future of experimental fiction in a publishing industry obsessed with book sales and the bottom line.

Here’s an excerpt: “writers are more desperate then at any time since I’ve been watching what’s been happening closely. And I worked in publishing in the last big recession in the early 90′s, so I saw some of it at that time. I think people are just really scared that they’re not going to get published at all, and as a result, they’re trying to shoehorn themselves into pretty rigidly formatted kinds of things. One of those formats is conventional realistic contemporary fiction, which doesn’t necessarily… I mean, there are no dead bodies or no robots in that fiction at all.”

At the same time, Moody worried about “how we draw attention to those many tens of thousands of novels” that are self published. Moody appeared on the show to promote The Four Fingers of Death–a novel inspired by a real-life B-movie classic.

Rick Moody Vs. Mary Roach: Book Trailer Showdown

youtubelog.jpgHow do you review a book trailer? For a special Friday afternoon edition of GalleyCat Reviews, we are comparing two book trailers that reenact scenes from their respective books.

Both trailers are embedded below for your weekend viewing pleasure, The first video (currently with 9,330 views on YouTube) is for Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. The second video (currently with 1,257 views on YouTube) is for The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

How do you feel about book trailers that use actors, props, music, and digital effects to recreate moments from a book? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Rick Moody Inspired by B-Movie

On July 28, Rick Moody will publish The Four Fingers of Death. This 736-page novel contains a fictional novelization of the real B-movie classic, The Crawling Hand.

In the video embedded above for your weekend viewing pleasure, you can watch the complete movie online before reading the book. This GalleyCat editor is a fan of the classic B-movie. If you only watch one scene, we recommend you check out the prophetical soda jerk in the diner scene.

This excellent io9 post explains the premise behind the novel: “It’s the year 2025, and the NAFTA bloc has fallen into such a perilous decline that we barely have an economy or a functioning society any longer, and we’re at the mercy of the much more powerful Sino-Indian economic bloc. A failed writer, Montese Crandall, wins the rights to novelize a trashy science fiction movie called The Four Fingers Of Death, in a chess game. The bulk of Moody’s 700-plus page book consists of Crandall’s sprawling novelization of this 2025 film, which is a remake of the 1963 classic The Crawling Hand.”

Rick Moody Sentence Animated for Electric Literature

Last week the literary journal Electric Literature released a single sentence animation for Rick Moody‘s short story, “Some Contemporary Characters.” You can watch the animation in the video embedded above.

The short video was created by artist Adam Thompson, using a few simple lines to sketch the story. it provides a simple lesson for book trailer makers: keep it simple.

Here’s more about the collaborators: “Thompson’s spare, elegant interpretation of a line from , available in Electric Literature No.3. More of Adam Thompson’s work can be seen at [this site.] Musician Jeremy Mendicino‘s band, Pretty and Nice, can be found at [this site]. Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations. The writer selects a favorite sentence from his or her work and the animator creates a short film in response.”

The Art of the Literary Journal Trailer

Electric Literature has produced another one-sentence animation of a writer’s story, continuing to develop the art of the literary journal trailer.

This week they unveiled filmmaker Luca DiPierro‘s surreal interpretation of a sentence from Jenny Offill‘s short story, “The Tunnel”–a story featured in Electric Literature No.3. Read more about the one-sentence animations here.

DiPierro is the filmmaker behind 60 Writers/60 Places. That film featured famous writers reading in some unconventional places. Here’s more about that film: “There is Blake Butler reading in a subway, Deb Olin Unferth in a Laundromat, Jamie Gaughran-Perez in a beauty salon, Tita Chico in a dressing room, Gary Lutz at the botantical gardens, Will Eno in a park, Tao Lin next to a hot dog cart, and Rick Moody on a baseball field.”

French-American Foundation Celebrates Rick Moody

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Earlier this month, the American and French publishing industries came together at the Libertine restaurant in New York City to celebrate author Rick Moody.

The French-American Foundation hosted the reception, the conclusion of a publishing summit for French and American publishers. The party featured a cast of literary stars: Emma Archer, Paul Morris, Maja Thomas, Jeff Seroy, Andy Hunter, Evan Schnittman, Marion Duvert, Alice Tassel, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Calvin Baker and Molly Barton.

GalleyCat missed the reception, but the foundation kindly passed along some pictures from the party. Above, pictured left to right, are Schnittman (Oxford University Press), Morris (Bomb Magazine), and Thomas (Hachette).

Here’s more about the event: “A week of meetings, events and panels organized for a delegation of French publishers–in town on a reciprocal tour planned by the Foundation–to discuss the evolving landscape of the book business. Specifically, the group examined the powerful economic and digital forces transforming modern publishing, and the comparative perspectives in France and the U.S..”

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