LitRecapper: Courting Controversy In Week Three
We had an eventful week here at the Reactor of Lit, and it wasn't without controversy. Members flexed their commenting muscles as they took umbrage with some of our more snarky news posts- most notably our low blow pot shot at Tyra Banks, which will henceforth be referred to as Tyragate. There were also issues with politics and editorializing in posts about Herman Cain and Bill O'reilly. It's funny- people complain about junk news items, yet those are the posts that rack up the comments. They say stick to articles about writing and writerly things, yet not a single person commented on our post about National Day On Writing or our Philip Roth Primer. You know the saying, "You catch more flies with honey?" Well, apparently you catch more flies with shit. (Not saying our writers have been churning out shit. You guys are doing a kick-ass job with the news!)
Fortunately, everyone behaved like adults and an open and honest dialog ensued. So continue to make your opinions known, LitReactors. We appreciate your input, even when we don't see eye to eye.
In news of the non-controversial variety, Richard Thomas' inaugural Storyville column (Finding Your Voice) did a brisk business, as did Tina's Top 10 Scenes To Bring You Terrorsleep. We also featured a new interview with Chuck Palahniuk on the release of Damned, and yet another classic craft essay by Mr. Craig Clevenger.
Speaking of improving your craft, as of the writing of this post, there are only two spots left in Holiday Reinhorn's Embracing The Practice class. So if you're considering signing up, time's a wastin'! Class will be in session on October 24th, with or without your sweet ass.
Over at the Leaderboard, Meachman and Brandon continue to dominate. And congrats to tattoojunkie for cracking the top five. We currently have over 100 people reviewing workshop submissions, so get involved! On the flip side, our current most reviewed submission is Richard's Flowers For Jessica, which has an impressive 20 reviews.
That's about it for this edition. Log in next week for more of the good stuff, including an overview of the Wicked universe, a column from the author of Gods and Monsters, Scenes To Bring You Terrorsleep part 2, and some (hopefully) less provocative news posts (but don't hold us to that). Have a weekend, people!
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