While some books acquired and edited by Gordon Lish during his time at Alfred A. Knopf (1978-1994) are canononical (and cannons of) American literature (Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel), there are hundreds that were equally great but were, for various reasons, forgotten and/or ignored by the general literati, known only to a small cult group of writers and readers — say, books by Michael Hickins, Ben Marcus, Raymond Kennedy, Leon Rook, Thomas Glynn, Anderson Ferrell, Michael Martone, Mary Robison, Christine Schutt come to mind, and many many others. (Will you please suggest any we might not know, please…)
This blog fills the whole hole of that deficit. Yes, yes it does, and it does it well, we say.
This blog is also an extension of the book, Gordon Lish and His Influence on Contemporary American Literature by Michael Hemmingson (forthcoming, Routledge).
This blog will also take a look at recent titles from former Lish students and writers, like Dawn Raffel, Terese Svaboda, Peter Markus, Norman Lock, Daryl Scroggins, Cooper Renner, Gary Lutz, Yannick Murphy, etc.
This blog will also look at young writers and new journals that are influenced by Lish’s theory of fiction and the style of his writers, like New York Tyrant, Caketrain, Unsaid, Sleeping Fish, etc; and new voices with a Lish-bent Blake Butler, Tao Lin, Justin Taylor, Eugene Marten, Kevin Sampsell, etc.
This blog will also examine Lish’s novels, stories, and texts as well as what is said (or unsaid) about him in the press, past or present.
This blog will eventually discuss every issue of The Quarterly.
This blog will write you a postcard (see Derrida’s The Postcard on fragmented texts).
This blog will read your mind about your secret of secret thoughts on Lish.
This blog will touch your heart of hearts.
This blog is your friend.
This blog will save your life.
This blog wants your hawt first sentences.
This blog loves you.
This blog fondles you.
This blog will stab your brain via the eye.
This blog will murder you in the sandbox.
This blog will show you how (not) to write a novel.
This blog will edit 45% of your words.
This blog talks about talking about love.
This blog asks, “Since you are drinking from the bottle, are you a slut?”
This blog believes equally in monogamy and infidelity.
This blog is ambiguous.
This blog is good to fall asleep with, the page clear on your tablet.
This blog needs your support: talk about it, link it, blog about it.
Is this blog right, or is this blog right?