Friday, August 10, 2007

Exciting New Feature: Arbiter Says

Well, I have a blog now, so that means I get to tell you all what you ought to be reading, listening to, and watching. Maybe even how you should take your coffee (hot and black, never ever ever iced or milked. Because The Arbiter says so). Also, be sure to get vaccinated, get your pets and your kids vaccinated, too, against the dangers of life. And take out the trash.

I think we're going to be very happy with this little arrangement.

Arbiter says: read. Read Conjunctions:48, especially Will Self's story "Any Shape, Any Size" where Greg ends up sitting in his apartment surrounded by foam replicas of what his life once had been, from his friends to his furniture; and then there's Jonathan Lethem's thorough mash-up of the texts of great car crash literature, "Always Crashing in the Same Car", plus new work by Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gaitskill, David Shields, Aimee Bender, Robert Olen Butler, Cole Swenson, John D'Agata, Siri Hustvedt, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rikki Ducornet, Brian Evenson, etc, etc. Just read it. Better yet, subscribe so The Arbiter doesn't have to preach so much.

While you're waiting for your first issue of Conjunctions to arrive, click over and read some work by any of the writers linked under "And the Others". Do this now.



Denise said...

Sorry, but I'm going with iced coffee, which I recommend with "cream" as in creme de cocoa and vodka, with ice cubes made from coffee. It's great on hot, muggy Michigan afternoons. At least we agree on reading Conjunctions, and subscribing to support your favorite literary magazines and the writers therein.

Josh Maday said...

Okay, your iced, creamed, cocoa-ed vodka coffee actually sounds pretty good. We'll drink them until the most innovative fiction in Conjunctions makes perfect sense.