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Jeremy Robert Johnson & Skullcrack City

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Because I kind of insist on assigning amazing stuff for my grad workshops, I of course assigned Jeremy Robert Johnson’s Skullcrack City (my original write-up here). It was dug by all. Here’s JRJ’s answers to the questions we crowd-sourced:

—To start with the ending: Is this bleak or is it hopeful? Are they (that is, ‘we’) winning? What others ending were under consideration, if any, or did you have this as your get-to point the whole time?

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The Shining in Emoji

From forever ago, yes. But I’m just now stumbling onto it. And, is ’emoji’ the right word? Like, what are those little character-based happy faces people put in their texts? It’s all confusing to me. But this isn’t: The Shining, without words. Pretty cool. Wondering if I should learn whatever this language is (he said between telling kids to get off his lawn, yes), use it to diagnose slow points etc in whatever novel I’m writing. Like, if the skulls aren’t sprinkled evenly throughout, then I’m messing up . . .

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Ello

I’m there now. Or, I’m here:

https://ello.co/sgj

I like the smiley face a lot more than the birdhouse, and I like the distinct non-blueness of the whole thing so far. Feels a lot like a Tumblr, really, but I got on Tumblr like fourteen years too late. G+, though, I’m still one of the holdouts who doesn’t understand why that didn’t become the new way (okay, because Google was spookily tracking every move of my mouse and selling it upstream).

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We Could Be Heroes

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Society Isn’t Doomed

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mix Buzzfeed‘s “23 Things that Prove Society is Doomed” with Salon‘s “War & Peace on the Subway: How Your iPhone is Saving Literature,” then angle it through my publicists’ rose-colored glasses, and you end up with something a lot  like:

1. Sitting together and reading still counts as socializing:

↳ Via quoteinvestigator.com, once upon a time.

2. It’s considered polite not to read over your date’s shoulder:

↳ Used to be via empoweredteensandparents.com.

3. Fill the steps between class and the bus stop with a book:

↳ I wonder if these kids know they’re in the original of this image from betabeat.com?

4. Books, for all the many time-outs and half-times of the sporting events you attend:

↳ Somebody here forgot their book . . . (Originally via umhoops.com).

 5. “There’s such a glare in here, we’re all having to hold our phones at odd angles to see the pages of these books”:

↳ Used to be from 

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This was (my) 2011

Favorite movie → Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Favorite novel → The Enterprise of Death or 11/22/63

Favorite collection → We Live Inside You

Favorite non-fiction → Shock Value or Teenage Wasteland or Blind Descent

Favorite current tv → Breaking Bad and Phineas & Ferb

Favorite catch-up tv → Deadwood

tv I miss the most → Alias

Best re-watched tv → Dead Set

Favorite comic book series → Locke & Key and Scalped

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This Just In

“Novelist Hit by Electric Car, Claims ‘He Never Heard it Coming,’ Swears Revenge”

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Other people make me worth money

This is a guest post by Caleb J. Ross as part of his Stranger Will Tour for Strange blog tour. He will be guest-posting beginning with the release of his novel Stranger Will in March 2011 to the release of his second novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin in November 2011. If you have connections to a lit blog of any type, professional journal or personal site, please contact him. To be a groupie and follow this tour, subscribe to the Caleb J Ross blog RSS feed. Follow him on Twitter: @calebjross.com. Friend him on Facebook: Facebook.com/rosscaleb

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The Real Dogs

So one time I’m on the phone with the bank, talking to a robot about money, when I hit the wrong key, somehow ended up with Laird Barron on the other end, and I could tell from the way he was talking that his mouth was just real close to the phone, close enough I had to hold my phone out, look at it. But then I listened. He was already talking, he might have even been mostly asleep, and his voice, something about it, it kind of unmoored me, made me not so much suspicious that he was calling from some timeframe slightly off-kilter with mine, but that he had already taken me with him. Did the room get colder? I don’t know. I mean, I remember it that way now, of course, but that’s just because of the story he told. It’s what I tell myself anyway. A guy’s got to sleep.

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10 from 2010

Couple (of my) lists, one at Dzanc, one at the San Antonio Current. And, yeah, for each, I had to check, make sure Sorority Row hadn’t come out in 2010. Not that it for-sure could have edged close to Machete. But definitely maybe.

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