I had the great honor this past week to discover that J.D. Riso had chosen my blog for this award. I haven't read any of Riso's fiction or travel writing that isn't visceral, evocative, and descending into some deep pit of the human condition. So, like I said, I am honored that she thought my schizophrenic blog was worthy of anything but a cozy canvas jacket and a soft-walled room.
I lifted the text below from J.D.'s site:
About the Award:
Seamus Kearney of Shameless Words believes in powerful writing, and, he believes that it can be and is, found in many places, on the internet. This award was developed by him to put forth that belief and to encourage writers to roar.
From his site:
“Those people I’ve given this award to are encouraged to post it on their own blogs; list three things they believe are necessary for good, powerful writing; and then pass the award on to the five blogs they want to honour, who in turn pass it on to five others, etc etc. Let’s send a roar through the blogosphere!”
Now, here are the rules and examples as found at their original home: Please read them. You may also pick up the code for your award by following this link to The Shameless Lions Writing Circle.
Okay, here are the criteria, admittedly arbitrary, chosen by the judge, the Arbiter, me:
1) Originality. Ironically, hypocritically even, I think J.D. nailed that one so I'm using it, too.
2) Honesty. Maybe not that you never say things you don't mean, or mean differently than how what you said could be superficially interpreted, but also that you can say that you check Statcounter at least fifty times a day, sometimes only minutes after you last checked, because, who knows, someone may have popped in. So, yeah, honesty, however you want to qualify it, is good.
3) Sarcasm. Fermented irony. This is sometimes mistaken for being an asshole. But I think Roland Barthes wrote it best: "What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth."
And, my fellow Shameless Lions are:
1) Blake Butler: I think people who read Blake Butler's words have this growing feeling of being in the virtual presence of something important, something big. His words cut your head off so smoothly that everything keeps working until you move away and your head tips a little, and you realize your body is now only a shelf. That's how I feel anyway.
2) CM Evans: Here is a man of many talents. Besides being the cartoons editor for Opium Magazine, CM maintains many blogs, one where he publishes my favorite cartoons ever, another with his poetry and short fiction, and yet another featuring his collage artwork.
3) Tod Goldberg: Even with pressing multi-book deadlines, Tod finds time to blog for truth, justice, and outing fucktards wherever they may hide, especially when they hide out in the open as readers and producers of Parade Magazine, that glossly little weekly paper that is shredding the moral fiber of America one stupid question at a time. The real Homeland Security lives here.
4) Pete Anderson: Whether it's music, literature, writing, movies, politics, whatever, Pete blogs often, well, and with taste. And he always has a reason for saying he likes or doesn't like something. Besides his blog, Pete's fiction is published in many fine venues around the internet.
5) Richard Lawrence Cohen: Sure, he's been on hiatus from his blog for a few months, but Richard has blogged consistently his insightful fiction and compelling journalism from the inner-life. Hopefully he returns to the blogosphere soon, but until then there's always his generous archive to hold us over.