Ambergris Stamps: Or, I’ve Got Great Friends!

I hope my dear friend Eric Schaller, who did many of the City of Saints illos, doesn’t mind me posting these photos of the package he just sent me, featuring stamps from Ambergris! With his art on them! Just a lovely surprise!

I have good friends. Speaking of which, Matt and Meg Staggs headed back home this morning. We had a great time with them. A lot of fun.

Jeff

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Best American Fantasy 2: Table of Contents

We can finally reveal the Best American Fantasy 2 table of contents. The focus of BAF is on North American writers published in North American publications (from 2007). We looked at several hundred genre and literary publications, and these were, we felt, the best stories from 2007. Ann and I are the guest editors this time, with Matthew Cheney as the series editor. The next volume will be guest edited by the marvelous Kevin Brockmeier.

As always, this anthology serves as a good alternative or companion to the other year’s best fantasy anthos, which tend not to look at, or look as closely at, the lit. mag side of things. You’ll notice that this year there are 10 stories by women, 8 by men.

In terms of the contributions from literary versus genre publications, there is more of a balance. This was not a conscience decision–it’s just how it worked out. We did decide to create better focus by being less figurative in our definition of “fantasy” and cutting the word count from 150,000 to 95,000 words.

I’ll have further posts about BAF and our reading, in terms of trends we saw (less fantasy in lit. mags over all, a slight downturn in the quality of online fiction, an absolute blitzkrieg of amazing work by women writers [with Tin House leading the way], etc.) The anthology will come out in Oct-November of this year.

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Books Bought–Matt ‘n’ Jeff–June 20


(Matt’s haul)

Okay, so we’ve been going to some bookstores while Matt Staggs and his wife Meg have been in town. In addition to the long-time institutions Paperback Rack and Bookshelf, we stopped at the newly risen Word Traffic and Secret Headquarters. Both of these new places are absolutely fantastic.

Here’s my haul, with some notes. I’d love reader comments on these books because this time I’m not buying extra copies of stuff I’ve already read…

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This American Life on Showtime and E-Books

In an odd confluence of chance, I was just about to post about how This American Life on Showtime has been sooo much better in its second season than its first when I get an email from Michael Phillips, who was featured in this episode.

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