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This Week in Words – Sept 7

by Treehouse Editors

compiled by Rachel Bondurant

The Rumpus is accepting fiction submissions!  Great news, because The Rumpus is awesome and it’s nice to have another awesome place to read and send fiction.

More FBI notes for your entertainment.  This time from the file of Charles Bukowski, a spectacular grump and a favorite of mine.

A history of punctuation!  Who doesn’t want to know where the octothorpe originated before the Internet hijacked it as the hashtag?  And the ampersand.  Everyone loves that little piece of punctuation that seems impossible to write perfectly by hand but has persisted still against all odds.

And for reading fun, I just think you should read all of DOGZPLOT.  With stories shorter than 200 words, you can read dozens at a time and get lost in a wonderful world of itty bitty fiction.  A minor sidenote: I’m in there somewhere.  Happy reading!

5 Things to Read Long Before You Die

by a contributor

from Yve Miller, author of Molting and When I Was a Train Passenger:

  1. Dear Sugar’s column post, “Tiny, Beautiful Things”:
  2. Kevin Wilson’s “No Joke, This is Going to be Painful” – Tin House, Issue #38, 2008:
  3. Chloe Cooper Jones’ “What Can Be Learned,” Black Warrior Review:
  4. Read this:
  5. Read the ingredients on the back of your oatmeal, your butter substitute, and your snack from the vending machine. Read the label on your shampoo. Imagine that you yourself wrote it, wanting someone to buy a promise of a better life via shinier, stronger hair. Read your own palm. Translate the lines with what you already know but are afraid to say aloud – that your teeth are rotting. That your parents are dying. That you love the person you complain about constantly. That you are afraid of success, not failure. Stop reading between the lines – it only leads to stale unhappiness. Read your friend’s fortune cookie instead of your own. Read Lolita. Read under the covers, and read to experience, don’t read to check things off your list. Read Spoon Fed. Read Alan Ball’s script of American Beauty. Always read the fine print.