some things i need to complain about.
one is... i have been coughing this painful, dry, abrupt cough. the kind of abrupt that means you can't always get to covering yr mouth. & that is just... so rude. & i feel bad about it. but. that's abrupt for you. my back hurts from coughing. i'm working a half-day today because of it all.
also... the second complaint i have is this:
why, & since when, are novels "too literary" for presses to publish?
if we had a dollar for every admiring but sound rejection calling maggie's novel "too literary" we wouldn't need to wait a year to buy a house in Durham.
i mean... in my mind they are actually saying: yr book is too good for us to publish it. is it that way in yr mind? meanwhile... maggie spent over four years of her life writing this "too good" novel... waiting tables so she could do it... & since that F*** GW began his second term... she has been sending it out... only to get these responses...
"above our readers"
it is simply... indigestable.
THANKS TO POETS
last night we saw Jack Kimball & Suzanne Stein at SPT. we only went for the readings because of that cough i mentioned. but we went because we really wanted to see both of these poets in action.
and we were not disappointed.
in fact. we were delighted. & left feeling better than we felt arriving.