Monday, December 6, 2010
The students pictured above were girls I met during my spring trip to Wisconsin for the unforgettable Fox Cities Book Festival. I was thinking about them earlier this morning, as I explored Figment.com, a new site designed to enable the young to "share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors." How cool, might I ask you, is this? I know dozens of young big-dreaming, risk-taking blogger/writers whose work should grace this site and whose insights could power it forward. You know who you all are.... and you know that I love you. Take a spin through Figment and let me know what you think.
And while you're at it, spend some time at Chasing Ray today, because Colleen Mondor has assembled a bang-up interview with one of my very favorite writers/people, Elizabeth Hand. I wouldn't know Liz if it weren't for Colleen. I wouldn't know a lot of things, were it not for Colleen. But listen to Liz talk, for example, about the beautiful big rawness of teens, the "thrilling and often perilous" process of self-discovery for young artists. I was cooing just this weekend about how happy the Johnny Depp-Patti Smith interview in Vanity Fair made me. Substance! I declared, I danced. Substance! I shout again today.