Fiction writer ZZ Packer is bumming smokes and expressing amazement that the president used the word “vociferously” in the debate with Kerry.
Then Packer hails a cab, so we never get to ask her, “Are you related to ZZ Top?”
Yeah, I’m sure she’s never heard that one before. Growing up in Kentucky and all. (Emma and I saw ZZ Packer and Lorrie Moore read at the festival on Friday night; maybe I’ll put up a brief post about that in the next day or two.) The proprietor of Beatrice writes about the festival’s tribute to Joseph Brodsky and relays a story told by Gary Shtenygart about the poet.
I’m a citizen of Scotland, the UK and Europe and absolutely not a subject of a hereditary monarch, appointed by God or not. Turning up at events like this just encourages them.
Writers James Kelman, Alasdair Gray and Irvine Welsh will attend a rival event organized by Scottish republicans.
[The decline in reading, especially fiction, is] not for want of would-be novelists and poets: the number of people who claim to do “creative writing” has risen from around 11 million to nearly 15 million since 1982, meaning that a full seven percent of the adult population is currently churning out writing for an ever diminishing pool of readers.