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Call For Entries: 1night1flight

There is an interesting project taking place with some folks called 1night1flight. They are creating a traveler's guide for fiction. They are currently seeking submissions on novellas 140 pages or less. It's a great idea, you check their site to get some more details on the project. Below is a little something from the folks at 1night1flight:

What would you do if you had more time in your day?
What would you do if you had more time in a year?
Would you possibly finish that book sitting on your night table? In your drawer?
Or would you get on a flight and travel the world?
What if you could do it in 1 night, or 1 flight?
And maybe take a personal tour guide with you?

Participate in an innovative book project: "1Night1Flight: A Traveler's Guide to Short Fiction"


What's the best book you've ever read under 140 pp.?
Submit an entry. Get published. Win $100. Nov. 30 deadline.

What? That's right. They are extending the deadline if you read InDigest. So get your entries to them by the 10th and mention InDigest in the e-mail.


Issue 8

Issue 8 of InDigest is up and at it, right now.

What You'll Find In InDigest This Time:

New fiction from Jimmy Chen:

Each party was documented extensively using digital cameras. Everybody at the party took pictures of the party—either of other people, or more commonly, of themselves with other people, using a method in which one extends one's arms out at an upward angle, holding the camera at a backwards orientation towards themselves while taking a picture.

A gallery of animalia influenced paintings by Gina Germ

In Poetics both Eric Gudas and Nathan Hoks offer up some wonderful new work.

Charles Greene continues to purport that Ulysses is the greatest novel ever, in part II of The Ulysses Sage. Part II delves a little deeper into why exactly the novel is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of literary fiction ever created.

Jess Grover takes on the newest collection of poetry from his former professor Alex Lemon in this month's Is That Cowardly? Jess acknowledges his bias, calls Lemon out once or twice, and states:

Make no mistake: I love Alex Lemon...This is a review of his second volume, Hallelujah Blackout, and it will likely contain descriptions such as magnificent, fractured, ardent, spatially resistant to replication on this page and seductive like a heart drawn on a splintered windshield by lipstick held between the toes of a young person with some sort of prominent facial asymmetry. (Crooked tooth, cleft lip, small stone of gravel healed into the chin).

Bedside Stacks takes a closer look at Anthony Varallo's newest collection Out Loud. Varallo's intentionally tepid dissection of suburban life, the objects that give the life meaning and the fantasies encounter in this landscape are both the pleasure and the bane in this month's column.

That's all for this issue. But keep checking back. We are about to have our one year anniversary here in the InDigest offices and we are going to have a special issue and a big announcement to accompany that special day.

As always, thanks for reading.

Dustin Luke Nelson & David Luke Doody


The Lab is Seeking Donations

The Lab has initiated it's annual "Angel Donor" program, where all donations made between now and Dec. 1 will be matched (up to $1,000) by the anonymous "Angel Donor."

For those unfamiliar with The Lab, it is a program that both David and I have been involved in previously. The program works with St. Paul students to give them time outside of regular class time to pursue the arts that they are interested in. From their website:
The Lab is a small group experience where youth are inspired, encouraged and empowered to discover, understand and share their voices and the truth of their lives.
Through four modalities, the Lab encourages the use of creativity in community as a healthy coping strategy. The small group experience offers a forum in which youth can practice social skills, creative self-expression and self-care, as well as improve skills in reading, writing, technology and performance.

It's truly a great program. So, if you are looking to give your X-mas time donation in the near future please consider this program, which is offered to students for free and has offered many students the chance to turn themselves into college bound students, allowed them to engage in their community and into students who are proud of what they are doing in school.

You can find more information visit their site at thelabspps.com or make a donation online at www.sppspay.org. (once you are there, click on The Lab icon)



The kids over at Bear Parade have posted a new novella by Noah Cicero titled Nosferatu for Halloween. I know. Halloween is over. Still. Go read it.


A Poem Before the Election

The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less;
The times are winter, watch, a world undone:
They waste, they wither worse; they as they run
Or bring more or more blazon man’s distress.
And I not help. Nor word now of success:
All is from wreck, here, there, to rescue one—
Work which to see scarce so much as begun
Makes welcome death, does dear forgetfulness.

Or what is else? There is your world within.
There rid the dragons, root out there the sin.
Your will is law in that small commonweal…


If We Are What We Read, Than Who Are Barack Obama and John McCain?

Heidi Benson of the San Francisco Chronicle asks this question in a recent article published in the Chronicle. Among the favorites listed by the candidates are For Whom the Bell Tolls, All Quiet on the Western Front, & History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire on McCain's list, and Moby-Dick, Self-Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson), & Song of Solomon on Barack Obama's list.

These lists are kind of interesting, in that way where you are sick of hearing how Obama was raised by his grandmother and McCain was a POW and you need to read something a little different. Benson asks a few Bay Area authors to chime in on what they think about the lists. Susan Griffin, while analyzing McCain's choices, says, "This strange conglomeration leads me to wonder if the confusion McCain has displayed throughout his campaign may reflect a profound inner ambivalence."

Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) may have my favorite response to the lists when he said:

All of us polish those lists for public view, and you can't get more public than running for president. But these lists do tell us something, even if it's not the truth.

Obama's list says that he'd like to convey a willingness to face heartbreak and irony, that he's open to the new and to the experimental, but that he's serious of purpose and true of heart.

McCain's list says that sure, he reads books, but he's not a pansy boy.

Read the article at the above link, and weigh in on what you think.

InDigest out.