We need someone to demonstrate the usefulness of a blog for a literary magazine. After all, we invest resources in the manufacture and maintenance of these vehicles. In this case, “we” means the editors, designers, and webmasters who cobble the appearance and structure of them.
But we don’t really know who visits here, if anyone visits here, why anyone would visit here, how many visitors return for a second visit, or what thoughts, opinions, reactions, and attitudes the visitor carries away. So tell us. Leave a comment. Comment on this posting. Say what you want to say in the language of your choice. We do exercise a warden’s prerogative; we will censor abusive and pornographic rants, so let it hang out, knowing we will sanitize your act.
And while you are at it, join us in our new game. We ask you to name one important book published in the past decade that you have NOT read. Tattle on yourself. Novels, collections, anthologies, histories, biographies, philosophical, medical, political, scientific, memoir — if you haven’t read it but know you should, let us know about it. Don’t cheat! If you have read it, don’t list it here with the implied challenge to others to do so just to keep up with you.
My candidate is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, Sept. 2010.
Or if you demand a “literary” text, how about this? I have not read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Penguin Books 2010.
Top that if you can,