Hell Yeah! Worthy: Jonathan Franzen, The Lit Pub, S**t DC Says and How (not) to Read Poetry

curated by the Atticus Books staff

Hell Yeah! Worthy is a weekly feature appearing every Friday where our staff distills the plethora of scat on the Internet into a succinct list of the best you haven’t seen, the best you ignored, and the best you should visit again. 


Jonathan Franzen: Loves America but hates Facebook, e-books, and puppies

JoFranz’s Hate Fest

The internet destroys imagination, Facebook will replace love with “liking,” and e-books are “not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.” Maybe the guy can write, but Jonathan Franzen sure does hate a lot of things, as pointed out in this piece at The Daily Beast. (Libby)



The Lit Pub
If you’re reading the Atticus Books blog and have your ear to the ground of the indie press community, then I imagine you’re already well acquainted with The Lit Pub. This tip is for the uninitiated. As a shameless book junkie who wears dry ink on his sleeve, I often am asked for book recommendations from people even though I haven’t the faintest idea what they would enjoy. Instead of being a narcissist and stating the obvious (“buy a book from me, you dolt”), I like to steer people to Small Press Distribution and now to the newest indie lit distributor on the block, Molly Gaudry’s brainchild. It’s a warm, glowing Small Press Emporium for humans seeking shelter from the veritable shit storm of pop culture tripe. (Dan)


S**t DC Says
While our office is technically just outside Washington, DC (go ‘burbs!), everyone on our staff can relate to this spot-on parody of our hometown. And yes, we are going to that embassy party tonight. (Libby & Lacey)


How (not) to Read Poetry
Understandably poets (and writers for that matter) are not the best performers. As introverts who spend most of their days alone, poets (and writers) often lack back social skills and suffer from severe performance anxiety masked by a slow, plodding reading of their work. A hilarious video by Fishbowl Improv, How (not) to Read Poetry should become requisite viewing for any writer who thinks they might one day face a live audience. (Lacey)