Hello everyone and happy August!

Whether or not you enjoy the Olympics, it is challenging not to get caught up in the stories, the legacies, the triumphs and defeats. And favorite sports? I tend to find a fascination with those covered less by media: fencing, judo, water polo, equestrian. And yet, I have to admit, I’ve snuck a peek at gymnastics, soccer, cycling, swimming…okay, wait. I’ll admit it. I’m a junkie! But not so much that I couldn’t find ten or more things to keep your reading muscles engaged:

1) Kyle Schruder, my co-editer at Lost in Thought magazine, gives us a teaser of issue #3:

2) Timothy Gager is up at Matchbook:

3) Issue 2 of Literary Orphans, includes Anna March’s first published poem! Also work by Meg Tuite, Stephen V. Ramey, Nicolette Wong, Howie Good, and many more:

4) Roxane Gay has a new piece up at Booth; A Journal:

5) These three poems from Sam Rasnake at fwriction; review just slay me:

6) Extie Ecks’s Supermodel Summer continues at Nothing to Say, with Joe Kapitan’s “Wheels:”

7) Colson Whitehead’s “How to Write” in NY Times Sunday Book Review:

8) Joseph Quintela brings it all in July’s Short, Fast and Deadly (Stolen Plums):

9) James Claffey shares his writing savvy at Flash Fiction Chronicles:

10a) Take your time picking through this delish list at Huffington Post, compiled by Jane Harris:

10b) The Big Other is devoting posts to “Pillars of Truth” and this is by Johannes Goransson: Check out some of the big other posts while visiting, including a birthday tribute to Willliam Gass.

10c) Connotation Press, among the elite of online (and soon to be print?) magazines, does their fiction and poetry “retrospective issue” courtesy of Meg Tuite and Kaite Hillenbrand (among many other fine editors). And check out that great mug of chieftain Ken Robidoux:

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***Bonus: Books I’ve recently read that I highly recommend:

Blue Rust– Joe Millar (poetry):

Book of Men– Dorianne Laux (poetry):

Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture– Julie Innis (stories):

16 thoughts on “HUMP OLYMPICS

  1. 534mu5

    thanks robert! savvy, perhaps, but on an olympic note, when i gave jeanne leiby the last chapter first draft of my mfa thesis, she read it and said, “well, you didn’t stick the landing.” i went home for christmas and rewrote that fucker…

  2. Wallace

    Love the Olympics, too! Can’t wait to get home to watch 1/5 of what I have on the DVR every evening. Oh well! Thanks for your post!

  3. Isabell

    So much great information every week in your HUMP day posts, Robert! I am so grateful that you devote so much time every week to this posting.

  4. Yasmine Brown

    Thanks again for these great reading links. You threw your net far and wide this time, Robert including the New York Times and Huffington Review- unusual for you! So nice to know you are reading the amount that you do.

  5. Dennis

    Great blog with so many wonderful things to read. Another Olympic post, Robert! Way to bring it, again and again.

  6. Bradley

    Happy August to you, fellow Leo. Growl! I hope this month brings you everything you so deserve. Miss you my friend.

  7. Craig

    Another great blog post with lots of reading material for me to dig into over this weekend. Thanks for the generous offering.

  8. Belinda

    Superb! I’ve read through the five newest posts, and I’m lovin’ it! I’ve really enjoyed your blog.


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