#Follow Friday 002
We continue our long-form #Follow Friday, inspired by the #FF hashtag on Twitter. Sometimes Twitter simply cannot say what needs to be said; in that regard I must say that what is being said here probably isn’t appropriate enough for the people and websites that we think you should follow, too. But it is what it is!
First, we think you should check out UK writer Kirsty Logan, pictured above. From her “about” section on her website:
Kirsty is 27 and lives in Glasgow with her girlfriend, musician/graphic designer Susie McConnell, in a flat full of guitars, chandeliers, and half-full notebooks.
Kirsty mostly writes about books and sex, both fictionally and non-fictionally. Her short fiction, poetry and essays have been published in around 80 anthologies and literary magazines, including The Boston Globe, Best British Short Stories 2011, and Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She has also been quoted in the New Yorker.
Kirsty is the reviews editor for PANK magazine. Along with Helen Sedgwick, she co-founded and co-edits Fractured West, a new magazine for edgy and experimental flash fiction. With Helen and Kirstin Innes, she co-runs Glasgow’s hottest monthly spoken word event, Words Per Minute.
Why do we suggest you follow Kirsty? For starters, we’re fans of writing versatility. I, for one, have worked with creative nonfiction, poetry, and several forms of journalism (opinions, features, reporting). Check out our feature on author David Wright and his take on multidisciplinary writing.
For a great interview of Kirsty, go check out Todd Kiesling’s website. An excerpt:
TK: What’s your lifetime career goal as a writer?
KL: To be described as ‘the love-child of Michelle Tea and Francesca Lia Block.’
When I was an angsty, navel-gazing teenager I wrote in my angsty, navel-gazing journal that I dreamed of a girl just like me picking up my book and recognising the truth of her life in it. Even now, that’s what I want. I know it’s intangible, but I want some lost and hopeless girl to read my book and see some truth in it. There’ll be no way for me to know that’s even happened, so I’ll just have to imagine it will!
Bookflaps (Jim Lewin)
Yeah, so I don’t think Bookflaps is on Twitter. Whatever. It’s still my Follow Friday and I’ll do what I want with it. Bookflaps first came to my attention when I was reading Jim Lewin’s post on Flapper Slang, which I posted about in “This list of flapper slang is just berries.” Although Lewin doesn’t post as often as I would like, what he does post I love. His bio says that he is the “guy behind the counter at The York Emporium used book and curiousity shop in downtown York, PA.” He finds some fun gems in print, and posts about them on his blog. He profile picture is also what I assume is his face photoshopped onto Conan the Barbarian. Gotta love it.
Pictured above are “Tijuana Bibles,” which he writes about here:
Dirty … really dirty … little comic books, often featuring movie stars (The Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Greta Garbo, William Powell, Cary Grant) or characters from the daily comic strips (Moon Mullins, Mutt & Jeff, Mickey Mouse, Blondie and Dagwood) and placing them in, shall we say, compromising positions and mouthing dialogue that would make a sailor proud. If clothing was depicted, pants would be around the ankles and dresses would be flapping in the breeze.
Any bibliophile should check out Lewin’s blog, which he aptly tags as “musings of a smalltime book peddler.” He writes well, and finds subjects that are as dusty as the Tijuana Bibles someone dug out of their dead uncle’s footlocker.
#FF tags for the Tweeps:
@kirstylogan (Kirsty Logan)