Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 9:20 am on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In June I went to the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency. It was the first year they had the residency, which was located on Cuttyhunk Island, near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. I’d never heard of it before.

Along with 14 other writers, I studied with the author Paul Harding. I also wrote about 50 pages in my new book. We stayed at The Avalon, a lovely old inn. Here’s a picture:

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The residency was a new experience for me. It made me think a lot about class and how its intersection with literary fiction fundamentally blocks our ability to achieve diversity in literature. Part of my reaction was due to the fact that Cuttyhunk Island is so clearly a place for rich people. Of course, it’s a beautiful place.

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I didn’t get a decent picture of my room, so here’s one from the Avalon website.

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My room had a balcony where I did a lot of writing. The view from the balcony was also great.

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One night, there was a double rainbow.

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The beaches are rocky and loaded with wild roses.

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East Coast insects hate me. I was stung by a wasp, bitten by spiders, and devoured by mosquitoes. This never happens in California.

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There were ticks everywhere. I went down this path, and when I came out the other side, seven ticks were crawling up my legs.

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I keep thinking I want to move to New England, but it’s really not for me. It was nice to visit though.

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Back in New Bedford, I went to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where Herman Melville set part of Moby-Dick. It was a fascinating, weird place. I took pictures with my phone. This is my favorite.

I Was On The Radio In Ireland

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 3:59 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016

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The Green Room in Ireland interviewed me about my article in The Atlantic on the rise of plagiarism in self-publishing. Listen to it online here.

I Was On A Beer Panel

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 3:17 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016

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I was lucky enough to be on another beer panel for All About Beer magazine. I got to taste beer and say what I thought of the nuances and flavors. Nice work if you can get it. Check out the July issue to see which beers we liked the best.

I Was On The Radio In Australia

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 3:08 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016

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ABC in Australia interviewed me about my article in The Atlantic on the rise of plagiarism in self-publishing. You can listen to it online here!

Short Story: Drought in Tin House and The Guardian

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 3:03 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016

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I’m so proud to have a short story on Tin House’s Open Bar. It’s called Drought. You can read it here.

And guess what? It was also reprinted in The Guardian.

Article: Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing in The Atlantic

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 2:56 pm on Monday, June 20, 2016

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Did you get a chance to check out my latest article for The Atlantic? It’s about the rise of plagiarism among self-published books. Anonymous strangers are stealing other people’s books, changing them superficially, and passing them off as their own work on site like Amazon. Read all about it here.

Smithsonian Article: The Forgotten Dust Bowl Novel That Rivaled The Grapes of Wrath

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 6:20 am on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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I’m so excited to announce my first article in The Smithsonian, The Forgotten Dust Bowl Novel That Rivaled The Grapes of Wrath.

It’s about Sanora Babb, who wrote a great Dust Bowl novel called Whose Names Are Unknown the same time John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath. In fact, Babb used much of the same research material as Steinbeck and saw many of the same things. When The Grapes of Wrath came out, Babb’s book was shelved for 65 years. Read the article to find out more!

Humor Article: How To Tell If You’re A Lady In A 1950s Melodrama

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 6:08 am on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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I have a short humor piece in Defenestration titled How To Tell If You’re A Lady In A 1950s Melodrama. I watched a lot of bad movies to write it, so I know it’s accurate.

Sample:

Sure, his relentless stalking caused an accident that made you go blind, and then he pretended to be someone else to make you fall in love with him, but he’s a great guy, and you won’t have people pitying him for marrying a blind woman. The only solution is to go away and love him from afar.

Read the rest here.

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I Was On An All About Beer Panel

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 8:37 am on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Earlier this year, I was on a beer panel for All About Beer magazine. That means I got to sit in a room with other panelists, taste beers, and come up with descriptions of nuances and flavors. It was fun. Check out the March issue to see which beers we liked the best.

Book Review: The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 8:08 am on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Check it out! I have a book review up at KQED on The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Click here to read Review: Is ‘The Nest’ Worth Its Famed Seven-Figure Advance?

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