This one goes out to all the major Lit Nerds. It’s A Word Portrait of Gertrude Stein in the Style of Gertrude Stein’s Word Portraits, a biographical piece on that giant of Modernist Literature and woman who invented new ways to play with words. If you’re not familiar with her Word Portraits, go find some online. A word portrait is a “little prose vignette” or, as I describe it, an experimental biography.
Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1906, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
My own word portrait is both homage and fanboy imitation. Of all her writing, it’s these prose vignettes I turn to again and again for their charm, wit, and ironically vague exactness. It’s my hope that my Lit Nerd homage would at least please this patron of the arts. I know that it pleased Zak Block and the others at Squawk Back. It’s a good feeling when you’ve written something that you know needs to live up to that which it’s making direct nods to and someone believes in it enough to print it when they certainly could have published anything else. So thank you Squawk Back for believing my own Word Portrait to be of literary merit, even if it’s only homage and imitation of the literary giant I’m writing about.
The whole issue is free to read online, so go check it out to discover some of the coolest writing out there on the net.
Filtered through the abstrusities of Ezra Pound, digested then regurgitated as “ranty blog-fodder,” A Rant Against Myself is creative nonfiction with the emphasis on creative—not memoir, not journalism, and allegedly not essay. It’s 100% pure R A N T.
And you can now find it published in CultureCult Magazine for your reading pleasure (or pain).
Download a Kindle version of the magazine here: CultureCult Magazine [Spring 2019]
Or grab a print copy of the magazine from Lulu here: CultureCult Magazine (Issue #11)
Monkeybicycle is featuring an IF MY BOOK piece for Descriptions of Heaven. Read it here.
What is IF MY BOOK? According to their website, If My Book is “the Monkeybicycle feature in which authors shed light on their recently released books by comparing them to weird things.”
Pretty cool, right?
Check it out and then read some of the other great writing found on Monkeybicycle.net
While you’re here, I’d like to remind you that there’s a giveaway hosted by happymeerkatreviews going on until the first of the year. Win a signed copy of Descriptions of Heaven and a flash drive loaded with extras. Multiple second place winners will win flash drives with said extras. Enter yourself in this contest here.