links for 2011-07-07

  • "A FEW MONTHS back, The Observer was at a reading on the Lower East Side that would not end. The reader, a prominent magazine editor, had been staring at a stack of computer paper and talking softly for 30 minutes. He was the last reader. The night had begun at 8:00 and it was already well past 10:00. The room was crowded and hot. The bar was unreachable. The audience, following protocol and remaining silent, exchanged restive looks that suggested mutiny, checking the time every minute in disbelief. Forty-five minutes passed. The reading continued…."

    Whimper.

  • "The Virginia Commission for Arts invites Virginia-based writers of fiction to apply for its 2011-2012 Artist Fellowships due October 3, 2011. Four Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded annually by the Commission to recognize the creative excellence of individual Virginia artists and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence. Artists in the discipline of fiction, who are legal residents of Virginia at the application deadline and who plan to remain in the state for the coming year, are eligible to apply for the 2011-2012 Artist Fellowship."

    See the website for more details. $5K is pretty sweet!

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