Friday, April 27, 2012

"That Bird Has My Wings"

Re-reading Jarvis Jay Masters' FINDING FREEDOM . . .

and listening to J Dilla: "So far to go . . ."

"It ain't so much what the music says, 
it's what you can't do about it."   
Chester Himes

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stephen King and me in one LA Times sentence

Pretty amusing!

"There are five finalists in each category -- current interest, fiction, first fiction, biography, history, mystery-thriller, science and technology, graphic novel, poetry and young adult literature. Among those in the running are Stephen King, poet Linda Norton, memoirist Alexandra Styron and novelist Joseph O'Connor."
            Los Angeles Times, 2/21/2012

I had a great time at the Los Angeles Festival of Books  with wonderful writers and readers. More than 100,000 people came to the festival, all kinds of people, all ages, many languages. Judy Blume said "hi" to me in the VIP room. ("Are you there, God? It's me, Linda.") 

Here's a wrap-up: LA Times Book Prize Winners  

I'm reading Ismet Prcic's novel now. It is terrific. I love that he thanked Eileen Myles in his acceptance speech on Friday night at USC. 

I thank Eileen, too, and Fanny Howe; without their enthusiasm for my work, I wonder if anyone would have opened my book at all!

Eileen Myles (photo: Robert Mapplethorpe)