Resources & Richard Hell

A few weeks ago I went to a Naropa’s Small Press & Journal Fair where faculty member Andrew Wille gave out a list of Websites, Blogs, and Email Newsletters ?. Andrew was a senior editor at Little, Brown and Company UK. His resources contain some links to England which is really cool. He talked about the neat things going on in small press in England, like Route.

I did some searching around myself and came across this cool magazine: Bullet. I ordered three back issues and already have a story in mind that I want to send them.

Here are some of other resources, enjoy:

And somehow I stumbled across Richard Hell today, maybe I heard of him before, in some sort of peripheral way, and he was waiting in my subconcious. I was checking out the Lexicon Project which had a link to a wikipedia site about Lexington. And there was Richard Hell as a Lexington Notable.

Richard Hell is not only arguably the original punk in the original NYC punk scene, he is also from Lexington, Kentucky, and he is a writer.

Today I’ve read two interviews with him: one at Bookslut and one at Perfect Sound Forever.

I really like what he has to say about writing. Here’s a quote from his website (this is a description for a writing course he taught at Long Island University):

Good writers love to read books. What writers do you like? If you can explain why you like them you have a chance of being a good writer yourself. Good writing is good thinking. If you ?know what you mean but you can’t express it,’ you don’t know what you mean. Instead, you could start by describing what it’s like to not be able to express something. Once you’ve earned some confidence in your writing you can figure out what’s going on by writing it. Don’t worry about ?finding your voice.’ If you know what you believe is good writing, then that’s your aim as a writer: to produce some yourself. The rest will take care of itself. To paraphrase Nicholas Ray on filmmaking, the only meaningful aim of fiction is to produce something that heightens the reader’s ‘sense of being.’ The rest is just sociology and cultural chatter. ?


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