Archive | September, 2008

Seattle Magazine – The New Weird

Seattle Magazine The New WeirdBrangien Davis writes in her article about Stacey Levine, Rebecca Brown, Matthew Simmons, and my new book. Seattle Magazine also include part of Stacey’s story, “The Tree,” which is great of course.

It’s great to see the slippery of sense of realism that seems part and parcel with local lit attempts at naturalism. In a longer article, Davis could have mentioned that most local lit attempts to bill itself as “realistic” but end up coming out likeH. L. Davis’ 1936 novel Honey in the Horn, Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion, Geek Love by Kathryn Dunn, or more recently Tom Spanbauer’s Now Is the Hour. Davis’s article reminded me of an article Clark Humprey wrote in 1998 for The Stranger.

Davis also wrote: Seattleite Briggs is no stranger to the new weird, and this story (first published in Seattle magazine, October 2007), is among many of a similar ilk in his new collection, The End Is the Beginning. Briggs says he’s been influenced by folk tales, where “weird things happen that wouldn’t make any sense in life…but they make sense in the story.”

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The Future of Hugo House (Not that the Board or really anyone else really cares)

RE: Not With a Bang, But a Whimper

Dear Ryan Boudinot,

I concede that my sources, Jason Epstein writing for the New York Times and the National Endowment For the Arts are probably flawed due to the vagaries of low-paid fact checkers and overworked analysts. We’ve all been there.

The details of our exchange have become too complex to deal with in the confines of a Web forum.

It has come down to this. You and me. The future of the Seattle writing community clearly, certainly, depends on us and our ideas about outreach programs at Richard Hugo House.

I concede, too, that perhaps a business minded approach is appropriate considering we are talking about an arts organization with a budget and employees and things.

In this spirit, I suggest we resolve our difference in the time honored traditional of all business minded people: dueling PowerPoint presentations outlining the potential futures of Richard Hugo House. In the yawning vacuum of Lyall Bush’s mysterious departure, sense must be made, preferably in three word bullet points.

I suggest we meet in appropriate corporate or edgy marketing attire at a suitable location — a whiteboard perhaps, an AV projector.

Go ahead present your vision of the future in a succinct, and sizzly deck.

I will also have a nice PowerPoint presentation prepared.

20 minutes each. 20 minutes to blow people’s minds.

And then, the people can decide provided they are still awake.

Mr. Boudinot, author of The Littlest Hitler and soon to be released novel Egg and Sperm, I am calling you out. I challenge you to a PowerPoint-off. I demand this, or I demand your immediate concession to my generally sensible and cogent explanations and thoughts about the future of Richard Hugo House.

Name your time. Name you place. Check my Outlook calendar and schedule a rumble.

Thank You,

Matt Briggs

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