The best thing I’m reading is Roberto González’s Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca. I started it on a recent trip into the Northern Sierra and I’m still savoring it. The worst is Richard Brook and Nick Dunn’s Urban Maps: Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City which I’m finishing only because I committed to review it: trendy topics, deadly prose. Ryan Ridge’s American Homes: a novel(la), which I’m reading in galleys, is its other: mundane topic, but the sentences snap and snarl. So does every panel of Scott Pilgrim which is even better than the terrific movie. And I’m on my ninth traversal of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels, now into The Hundred Days, every night before bed, twenty to thirty pages.
Today we continue to feature current and undeniably fabulous words by Drunken Boat‘s genre editors. Our Tuesday spotlight shines on DB Book Review editor and wonderful poet Shira Dentz, some of whose most recent work is up at Word For/Word and Realpoetik.
At Realpoetik, read Shira’s “Skin Lines” —
At Word For/Word, read “the girl with quiet clothes,” part of Vol. 19.
The reading period for Mason’s Road (an online literary journal sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA program) is now OPEN! Mason’s Road has a blind submission policy and accepts work in drama (stage or screen), audio drama, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction as well as art and craft essays from both emerging and established writers and artists. All submissions will be considered for the $1,000 2012 Mason’s Road Literary Award. Mason’s Road and Drunken Boat encourage you to submit today!