Journal of Writing & Environment

Post Fall Benefit Web Rove

Just last Sunday, we hosted our annual Flyway Benefit Auction to great success. Thank you to everyone who donated something by participating in one of the events we featured Sunday night. For those friends of Flyway who couldn’t be there in person, thank you for always being there in spirit. We are about to undergo some big changes, so your support mean all the more to us at this time!

To celebrate the post-benefit/ post-election, here are a few creative selections from around the web in this week’s web rove:

Arthur Krystal and Everyone’s Favorite Genre Fiction Fallacy by Mike Meginnis (from HTML Giant)
Mike bends and blurs genre; such as his recent “Navigators” originally published in Hobart and then included in the Best American Short Stories 2013. He also defends and defines genre as way to compel plot, while also still being a good story. Have a read and then weigh in on the conversation in the comments section.

The Artist and the Critic” by Emily Temple (from Flavorwire)
Last fall I read the tome Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by biographer A. Scott Berg, which includes the Scribner editor’s trying relationships with a trifecta of the famous authors F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. This list of eight editing relationships starts with Perkins and Wolfe, but includes seven other pairings. Throughout them all consider how an editor is a super-reader for a writer.

Why We Travel” by Pico Iyer (from WorldHum)
This is a manifesto from a transnational who has witnessed the world by participating in it via travel. Iyer shows both directions of leaving and returning: what we take there and what we bring back. Go on an imaginative trip just by reading.

Top 10 Books with Maps” by Simon Garfield (from the Guardian)
As cliche as it sounds for this to be a starting point on a journey of maps, this list offers just that. These books include maps on the author’s radar. Of course, there’s more than just these ten, so why not add to the list your own favorite maps in books?

Please Don’t Vote for Me” by Sparrow (from the Sun)
As the editors note: “The poet and political provocateur Sparrow has run for U.S. president in every election since 1992. Sometimes he runs as a Republican and other times as a member of a party of his own invention — the Pajama Party, the Ear of Corn Party, the Sudoku for All Party. To his knowledge he has never received any votes, but this seems only to encourage him.” Find out why Sparrow even runs, what his “issues” are, and how he never gets any votes in this tongue-in-cheek piece.