litquiz 1 – geographically speaking

“I’ll tell you the God’s honest truth.” His right hand suddenly ordered divine retribution to stand by. “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West–all dead now…” “What part of the Middle West?” I inquired casually. …


oscars night

Yesterday was the litworld equivalent of Osars night–the National Book Awards. No real surprises. I mean, I suppose William T. Vollman wasn’t entirely expected to walk away with the fiction award for Europe Central, but once you’ve been nominated, you’re …



booknote: The Book of Dead Birds

The latest author on tour with the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit is Gayle Brandeis , author of The Book of Dead Birds , which received the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Read the novel’s backstory here. First line: I remember the first …


calling all scorpios

It’s my birthday. 35. Yikezoid. Scorpio to the core. Yes, go ahead and hate me–scorpio is the most reviled of all the astrological signs. I can’t imagine why. Please send me tales of a)your weirdest birthday, b)worst birthday present, or …