Saturday, November 17, 2012

Run-to-the-Roundhouse, Nellie

Pretty soon, Susan Landry and I will be starting a website, Run-to-the-Roundhouse, Nellie, concerned with memoir. We both think that there's room for an on-line journal devoted to a wide-ranging discussion of this genre of writing and have given a good bit of thought to different ways of inviting people to explore it with us.

Run-to-the-Roundhouse, Nellie will feature two published memoirs per issue, with feature a short discussion of why the editors have chosen each book (but not strictly a review) along with 2-3 questions which have been submitted to and answered by the authors. The goal is to introduce readers to books that they might not know about and to further discussion with those authors. There will also be a link allowing the viewer to buy the books.

Though we will function as editors, produce the first two issues and contribute to others, we are eager to have Guest Editors who will add to the discussion and broaden the scope. We are both older, white, straight, basically, though not-quite, middle class, liberal Americans, and, though we've had fairly wide-ranging experiences, we know our limitations. Hopefully, this site will provide a home for a rich and diverse exploration of memoir and the way this genre allows exploration of fascinating and important differences.

You don't have to be a memoir writer to be a Guest Editor, nor to you have to be a professional writer, though we're assuming that you can construct reasonable sentences and are passionate about the memoir you would like to write about. Please send us a proposal with the name of the book and two or three questions that you would like to ask that author. (As you will see in the first issue, our questions are not about the writing process, but about ideas and issues that seem important in the books we're presenting.)  You would have to find the author's e-mail, etc...and no one is paid for this venture, but we think it will offer an important and interesting venue for discussion of the self-revelation (or avoidance of) implicit in memoir.    (There will be a link or links to purchase the books.)

So, the graphics have been finished, an elegant site done by Benjamin Rosenblum. And we have collected most of the additional material for the first issue.

Imagine a home page which has two discussions of memoirs on either side of a rotating gallery of self-portraits, representing another way of self-exploration/examination...   If the reader clicks on an image, she/he will be taken to the Self-Portrait section where a short bio and contact information for each artist will be available.
Any artist who has a substantial body of work in the genre of self-portrait is welcome to submit by sending 3-4 jpgs of the largest possible size.

The Roundhouse Writing section will feature submissions on various for each issue. The first topic is Home Town. The goal is a personal essay on the topic in under 300 words. Please feel free to submit one for our first issue by emailing it in a word.doc to  
Susan is the Managing Editor, but we will both read the entries. You will be contacted if yours is chosen.

We will also have a section called Memoir Writing which is feature essays of up to 800 words (or more if it's a two-part series.) This offers a broad opportunity to express a variety of ideas about memoir as a genre. Please submit your ideas if you would like to contribute to this.

Another section, Comments, will allow readers to make brief comments....since we haven't published yet, this will only become relevant later.

If you are willing to come along on this venture, please feel free to contact us:

Everything and nothing

 Somehow I erased a bunch of photographs and everything I'd struggled to write about a phone call from a friend in New York, how sorry I was not to have been there, still living there, not to have experienced this crisis of Storm Sandy...she slept under 7 blankets and still managed to keep being productive since she was putting work into two shows...   how, in all that uncertainty life still went on and galleries had openings and she got well deserved praise is unimaginable...   She'd read about global warning in the 70's so this wasn't entirely a surprise for her, but I honestly can't imagine what happened....or how it could have happened except that the environment truly has changed and the sea level is higher and storms are fiercer.  Her mantra was wake up...................      

It was depressing that climate change was hardly a topic in the election, but it's easy to see why since so many people conveniently deny the scientific evidence..... Hopefully President Obama will be able to make inroads in this dire problem....before we sleep-walk ourselves into even worse problems..

Meanwhile, my life goes on as I put one foot in front of another completing one project and then another...

Bogie had his teeth cleaned and two pulled and is on pain medication and cost a fortune, but now he can be a therapy dog again since he doesn't smell so ghastly...

and I have a great dentist...three more serious problems to take care of...

              (There is a collection of books, take one, give one, and I took a thick volume of Pablo Neruda odes that I lay, reading in the sun today...I have a stomach ache...)

and a doctor who worries about colon cancer for someone like me with such a long history of colitis...even though my colon has made a remarkable recovery...I saw the photographs...

The windows need plastic because it's getting cold.
Most of the leaves have fallen.
The dog is sleeping and I'm making no sense.
This fellow's dog peed on his leg. They were from New Hampshire and the dogs had only been in the bay was a great treat, but the beach had no available trees or bushes...