Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Cover Artist on Art

The cover of my collection is a stock painting by the marvelous artist Brad Holland, whose portfolio is here.

I really like these: 1    2    3    4    5    6

He has an essay in New York Art Commentary:

Avant Garde: Over a hundred years ago, some French bohemians decreed the purpose of art was to shock the middle classes. It may have been a great idea back then. But these days, the middle classes aren't paying attention. They're all on Jerry Springer or Ricki Lake talking about their cross dressing experiences or sex with the baby-sitter. It's the cutting-edge artists who have to watch in silence and eat their hearts out, complaining about the state of American culture, and demanding even more grant money for more cutting-edge art. In the future, this spectacle of the middle classes shocking the avant-garde will probably become the textbook definition of Postmodernism.

-- Brad Holland, Express Yourself - It's Later Than You Think

It's quite funny.

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Friday, December 28, 2007


One day recently, as part of the sometimes rather extended process of getting Noah out of the house to playgroup, I was looking for socks for Noah. We go through socks pretty fast. I mean, I wasn't setting the bar too high -- I wasn't looking for socks that matched, necessarily.

Noah began singing: "Socks... Socks... Socks... Ohmygod! Socks."

This made it clear to me that I must have been singing Shoes around the house.

This led immediately to the idea of a children's album entitled Otherwise Inappropriate Songs Reconfigured For Children, which would include such hits as "Justify My Snack", "You Sparkly Mamahugger", and "Pass the Duckie". I haven't gotten the version of "Shoes" entirely worked out, but it includes such lines as:

These shoes tie
These shoes snap
These shoes tie
These shoes snap
These shoes snap
THESE shoes snap!


These shoes have three hundred laces
These shoes have three hundred laces
These shoes have three hundred laces


Um, these shoes have laces. I don't know if you can... put them on yourself. You're kind of... small...

Oh. Oh. Oh.
You know what?

Let's tie some shoes.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Yet more writing announcements

I am eventually going to post something else here besides "oh check it out this is out now" and "oh check it out this got sold/reprinted/translated"...

  • "Stray", a collaboration with David Ackert, has been picked for both Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction and Rich Horton's Fantasy: The Best of the Year. We defy you, genre borders!

  • I received my copy of the February 2008 Realms of Fantasy with "The King of the Djinn", another collaboration with David Ackert, in it. It looks quite lovely. However, upsettingly, they left David's name off the story. Argh! They've corrected it on their forums, but it's quite a bummer that it's not in the magazine itself. There's an advantage of web publication for you... :-/

A very merry Christmas to those of you Christmassing...!

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

...and one more

I also got around to posting electronic text for Francesco Lato's Italian translation of "Biographical Notes to 'A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-Planes', by Benjamin Rosenbaum"(original here), for the magazine Robot.

I can read this one! It's good!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Four Translations

La Casa Mas Alla De Tu Cielo -- "The House Beyond Your Sky" translated into Spanish by Luis Pestarini for the Argentinian magazine Cuásar.

پرتقال (Porteghal) -- "The Orange" translated into Farsi by Asad Amraee of Tehran.

A kind reader also pointed me at a wildcat translation of "The House Beyond Your Sky" into Russian -- expressing her hope that I would not "rail at the lads". :-) On the contrary, if someone can tell me who the translators are, I will post attributions!

I also hear that "Stray" is going to be translated into German by the magazine Pandora... that will make fourteen, I think...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

A bit of a gap

If you search for my name on Amazon, you can see that I had a bit of a problem producing new work between 1929 and 2008.

But now I'm back, baby!

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

i has ISBN

Check it out!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Snakebread of summers past

I just stumbled on my sister-in-law Rahel's photostream of us all having a cookout this summer.

Schlangenbrot -- snakebread -- is pizza dough braided onto sticks and roasted over the campfire. Less decadent than s'mores, but yummy.

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