I had an idea for a blog post. I’m on summer vacation — not exactly on a beach, but near one — so I didn’t finish it in time. Since my idea was for a blog post about the idea of a blog post, I’m not sure if this is that blog post, or if this is a blog post about that blog post. I really have no idea.
That’s as philosophical as we’ll get this weekend, but there are cool things coming soon on this website. First, I’m about to post my final findings on this summer of the Great Gatsby. Did you think I was done with Gatsby? Nope, not yet. After that, I’m going to trash a fashionable new novel that really deserves it, and tell you about some exciting new books coming out in the Fall season, including novels by Donna Tartt, Cathleen Schine, Javier Marias, Caleb Crain, Sergio de la Pava, Tom Perotta and Nicholson Baker, as well as a nifty mystery anthology edited by Sarah Weinman. There are also new books on the way by Robert Coover and Thomas Pynchon that I’m likely to have opinions about, one way or another.
I’m also planning to roll out some new features on this site’s Facebook page this Fall, and will hopefully integrate our long-running Action Poetry into our Facebook page (I’ve also finally got the Action Poetry archives nearly ready to show). If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve been using the Litkicks Facebook page to allow me to post quick literary links (like for instance this awesome anonymous short story that appeared on Craigslist — I think it’s the best short story I’ve read this year). I’ve created a custom Drupal module that allows me to automatically transform my Facebook posts into Litkicks posts, which means I can use the Facebook page as an alternate front page for Litkicks. Now you can follow Litkicks via RSS, or you can follow Litkicks via Facebook, or you can just come directly to the website.
Other than that, I’m enjoying my vacation, it’s a beautiful day out, and my kids Dan and Abby just jumped out of an airplane at 13,000 feet with their cousins Matt and Rebecca. That’s all I’ve got for you today.