LitRecapper: Week One


Well, week one has come and gone, and from what I hear, the higher-ups at LitReactor couldn't be happier. We had a great launch and it's all thanks to you, the rabid readers and the literary enthused. The discussion board is bustling with activity, there's been a steady stream of comments on our magazine content, and we handed out over 1500 achievements thus far. Workshoppers are digging in, reading and reviewing stories like it's going out of style. Things have definitely exceeded our expectations.

For those of you just joining us, here's a rundown of what you missed, to help you catch up to the rest of the class.

  • We published a number of "hard hitting" news stories related to the world of words, which included reportage on the death of Steve Jobs, the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Occupy Wall Street, Barnes and Noble business blunders, saving the St. Mark's Bookshop, Stephen King's The Shining Sequel, and more. Click the NEWS tab in our Magazine section for the full list.
  • We held our first ever contest called Show Us Your Shelves, in which readers were asked to photograph their bookshelves. Congratulations to @otaku75, @dance_reader, and Bill Crider for taking home the gold! They each earned a free Workshop membership to the site.
  • We published our first interview, with Winter's Bone author Daniel Woodrell, where he spills details on his next novel, The Maid's Version
  • We published reviews of Margaret Atwood's sci-fi criticism/memoir, In Other Worlds, and Snuff, the latest (39th) Discworld novel from Terry Pratchett. (That Atwood review contains a juicy tidbit about a new companion book to fan favorite, Oryx and Crake.)
  • We published a ton of columns, covering everything from the craft of writing to the so-called death of the industry to ePublishing to DCs New 52 relaunch. We got a brand new craft piece from the ever-prolific Stephen Graham Jones on the usage of OK, as well as a classic essay from Craig Clevenger entitled, The Devil in the Details. But things aren't all fun and grammar around here. The two posts that generated the most comments were The Top 10 Sci-fi Books That Should Be Box Office Blockbusters and Cavalcade of Literary Jerks Part 1. It's not too late to get in on the conversation, so head over there and let your opinion be known!

Wow, that's a ton of shit. How can they top that, you ask? Well, don't let Dennis know I told you, but in addition to more great columns and a batch of new reviews of some really big releases, you'll get an exclusive inside look at Chuck Palahniuk and friend's ongoing writer's workshop, where Chuck still test drives all of his new material. This is something no outsider has ever been privy to. It's like when Alfred let Vicki Vale inside the Batcave.

Until then, keep those comments coming. See you next week!

Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at and

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EricMBacon's picture
EricMBacon from Vermont is reading The Autobiography of a Corpse October 8, 2011 - 10:21am

Good work guys! I was really excited for the site to open, and my expectations have been exceeded on every level.

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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones October 8, 2011 - 10:31am

And two days until I begin my class. The website has so far provided a place for me to refuel my ambition and determination, killing procrastination...or at lessening its power.

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Tristan Clausell from New Jersey is reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin October 8, 2011 - 10:34am

I agree with Sarah up there. This site has definitely helped me become more involved with my writing and less time-wasting. Love the site, and love you guys <3

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Twisted Wit from Los Angeles October 8, 2011 - 1:23pm

I'm still working up the courage to put a story up with the points i was given but other than that this has been a blast.  Who knew i could transfer my horrible addiction of acumulating points and achievments in online games to something that doesn't make me feel like such a waste of carbon!

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine October 8, 2011 - 3:27pm

Thanks, guys. Keep writing and keep reading!

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like October 8, 2011 - 4:56pm

Weird... you're like the third person today who compared me to Vicki Vale.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun October 8, 2011 - 6:23pm

This has been an incredible week. I'm really happy to see that so many are enjoying the site. It's good to know that the many months of work weren't for nothing!

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damoneorone from Hobbs, New Mexico is reading Imperial Bedrooms October 8, 2011 - 8:16pm

I have enjoyed the week! This is a perfect outlet for me to connect with like-minded individuals and actually get some feedback as far as writing goes.  Keep it going!

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 8, 2011 - 10:49pm

It was exciting to witness the birth of this site!

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fummeltunte from Seattle is reading The Left Hand of Darkness October 10, 2011 - 12:54am

Whoo, this is so awesome. I'm glad to be a part of history in the making with Litreactor! 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 10, 2011 - 6:52pm

I'll second that.