Dappled Things will have a table at the AWP Conference in Chicago from February 29th to March 3rd. Come and see us at table F13 in the Hilton Chicago, Lower Level, Southwest Hall. The book fair is free and open to the public on Saturday. If you subscribe to DT at the conference, you will get a free back issue for every year you subscribe!
Archives for February 2012
Readers and friends: As I step down from my post to give my full attention to my family, it delights me to welcome Meredith Wise as the new editor in chief of Dappled Things. A graduate of Christendom College and the University of Kentucky, she has been part of the Dappled Things editorial staff since 2008. I am confident that the magazine will continue to flourish in her capable hands.
Within the past five years, this editorial staff has transformed Dappled Things together. No longer an online-only start-up venture run by fresh-from-college kids, it is now the premier, indeed the only, English-language literary quarterly in print that is intended specifically for writers in the Catholic tradition. It is a great privilege to have been a part of this transformation.
Editing shares some traits with mothering: sleeplorn nights, intense attention, and passionate interest in minutiae of detail that may seem irrelevant to less involved minds. But they are not irrelevant. When one gives them the care they merit, their necessity becomes obvious. Meredith is ready and able to give Dappled Things the care it merits. Right now, my care is needed elsewhere.
This is not goodbye, though. I look forward to returning to my previous role as an associate editor and continuing to work with all of you under Meredith’s leadership.
I’m willing to wager that many Dappled Things readers are also fans of Downton Abbey, the deliciously proper period drama that has taken the US by storm. Heiresses! Amnesia! Wheelchairs! Getting up out of wheelchairs! Pheasants!
How did you first hear about the show? I saw it mentioned on a friend’s Facebook status and checked it out via Netflix, and my husband and I were soon hooked. Despite the second-season descent into soap opera shenanigans, we remained faithful visitors and were parked in front of PBS Sunday night for the Series 2 finale.
I thought you might enjoy this article about how the show’s success came about via word of mouth, particularly through social media. Nathan Edelsburg of Lost Remote spoke with executives Olivia Wong and Kevin Dando about how PBS helped boost the profile of the show via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media applications. An excerpt:
LR: When did you start to see how passionate the fans were? Where are they most passionate on social media?
OW: We’ve always known that our Masterpiece fans have been extremely passionate (via direct e-mail feedback and on Facebook and Twitter). The real moment when we crossed over from a cult hit to a main-stream phenomenon was when we began to see celebrity devotee comments and all the fan mash-ups and tributes online. It suddenly went to another level.
Read the full interview: How social media helped make ‘Downton Abbey’ a hit PBS show. And, if you haven’t already, check out PAPERMAG’s spread of Downton Abbey stars out of costume. I’m a particular fan of Mr. Carson in bicycle-riding attire.
“The recurring motif in cinema of a freshly finished manuscript being scattered by the wind or burned in a fire is far more savage a drama than the computer crash that modern authors contend with.” So contends Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award-winner Craig Thompson in this brief reflection on traveling with print books.
I just returned from a three-month book tour and was discouraged to see eBooks as the requisite travel accessory, the airports littered with travelers hunched over smart phones and Kindles and iPads. It’s true, Bolaño’s 2666 takes up a lot of space in your carry-on bag, but that’s the point! It’s like a pet that requires a 5am walk. The heft is a symbol of commitment —a marriage band.
I have to admit I agreed with him right up until the point where I got a Kindle for Christmas. What say you, readers?
Brian Joseph Davis shows us the face of The Misfit, Edward Rochester, Emma Bovary, and more – using the latest technology. Readers are invited to submit descriptive passages from literary works to Davis’ website, where he uses law enforcement composite sketch software to bring the characters to life. Tour the gallery (we were intrigued by the “silver fox” appearance of The Misfit, in keeping with our latest issue’s focus on Flannery) and submit your own ideas at http://thecomposites.tumblr.com/.
What do you think of the sketches so far – are they just as you pictured?