Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Killing in the name of. Chicago lit scene love in the Brooklyn Rail.

Quite thrilled, honored, all of it to see TBWCYL, Inc. spokesperson Ben Tanzer's new piece on the Chicago lit scene in the Broooklyn Rail. And now we would like you to be quite honored and thrilled as well, cool? Thanks, and now some excerpt.

Of course, a scene is more than its supernovas. A scene also requires some kind of collective mass, writers knocking at the door—some door, any door—and reminding us that there can’t be a scene without hunger, and spew, and work, always work, and wanting something bigger, and believing something greater is waiting, always waiting, if you keep pushing, and wanting it. Chicago has those writers in droves, so many good writers in so many parts of the city that you can barely throw a rock in any direction and not hit one of them in the head. Talent alone though isn’t enough to make the argument for a scene here in our beloved Second City, especially when you could argue that just as many writers, per capita anyway, reside in New York City, Los Angeles, and Ann Arbor."

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