June 30th, 2008


enter the octopus with matt staggs

Matt Staggs is a "publicist specializing in book and author publicity" and proprieter of "Deep Eight LLC, a boutique publicity agency utilizing the best publicity practices from the worlds of traditional media and evolving social technologies."

He's also an avid reader of the fantastic. Matt blogs at Enter the Octopus, and his posts almost always tend to be insightful and interesting. His daily "Bookosphere" posts assemble an unbelievable amount of links both literary and geeky, and have become required reading in my aggregator; I read a lot of blogs, but Matt just astounds me with the breadth of his accumulatory posts.

He's also been systematically conducting brief interviews with women writers of the fantastic, as a response to Jeff VanderMeer's recent post on his favorite fantasists in the short story Form. Some fascinating interviews so far, from the likes of Lydia Millet, Rachel Swirsky, Timmi Duchamp, Nisi Shawl, and others.

Another big project is the construction of "a comprehensive selection of links to SF/F and literary blogs, writers’ sites, websites, podcasts and other resources online." As part of this project, he's promoting an aggressive link exchange program "to give first priority to sites who are kind enough to link to my own." Er, hence this entry. :)
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and now we are going to have a party

You know, I was kind of in the dumps today, marinating in a general malaise not really caused by anything in particular. It comes on every so often, saps my energy, and makes me feel like I just want to stay home and sleep it off; lack of sleep last night probably didn't help, and neither does news like this. I also haven't gotten some good writing done in a while, and the frustration has been getting to me as well. It always passes, but never quickly.

But then today, this arrived in the mail:

and I started to feel much better.

If you haven't heard of this, it's Nicola Griffith's Lambda Award-winning memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer's Early Life, published last year by Payseur & Schmidt. Two great things that go great together: Griffith is a phenomenal author (her Aud books leave me humbled by her writing prowess and wanting more; my parents gave me her novel Always last year for my birthday, but somehow, inexplicably, I've yet to read it, a problem I shall remedy soon), and P&S put together ridiculously beautiful editions of books and chapbooks.

And Now... is not just a book, but a multimedia, multisensual memoir experience,
a boxed set that includes the memoir bound in five volumes (including diary entries, photographs, poetry, and early fiction). The box also contains a facsimile of Nicola's first book (created age 4), a CD of songs by Nicola and her early-'80s punk band, Janes Plane, as well as three scratch-n-sniff cards, a fold-out poster, a letterpressed preface by Dorothy Allison, and a numbered signing sheet.

I just kept taking more and more things out of the box, like a bottomless treasure chest. Safe to say, it is one of the most beautiful book-related things I've ever seen.

I'll be reviewing And Now... for The Internet Review of Science Fiction sometime in the near future.