Reviewed: “Vicky Swanky is a Beauty” by Diane Williams

Review by Jen Vafdis Vicky Swanky is a Beauty by Diane Williams McSweeney’s; 124 p. I’m about to invent a person who, while hypothetical, is not impossible: a person who has not read Diane Williams and may be put off reading Diane Williams by the following equivocations I’m about to make. This person is the kind of person who reads the following equivocations and thinks, This is not the book for me. A straw man, you say! Okay sure, but […]

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Afternoon Bites: Diane Williams, Glen Campbell, Alexander Maksik, and more

“I’m going to spend 2012 seeking out the kind of writing I know is out there but is not receiving the attention it deserves. I’m going to spend 2012 committed to great(er) expectations rather than surrendering to the status quo. We’ll see how this goes.” At The Rumpus: Roxane Gay’s “Resolved: A Year of Great(er) Expectations.” (Via Lauren Cerand) Hey, look — it’s an excerpt from Diane Williams’s Vicky Swanky is a Beauty. Google Maps reveals the secrets of McNally […]

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NOON + Gigantic Want You to Party Like a Frenchie

This Wednesday, July 14th: DIANE WILLIAMS (Striker of badass editor pose) author of It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature and Editor of NOON JOSHUA COHEN (Tight Bro) author of Witz, with fiction forthcoming from Gigantic & REBECCA CURTIS author of Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money and contributor to NOON With Special Guest DJ JOHN PUGH of Free Blood (formerly of !!!) And specially priced cocktails: The Witz, 20 Grand and Stupefaction The […]

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Diane Williams of Noon Strikes a Badass Editor Pose

But that’s not all I learned in her interview with James Yeh over at The Faster Times: THE FASTER TIMES: A fellow editor once told me that my decision to start a literary magazine was going to “cost me at least one book.” Do you find this to be true? Are you, in a sense, sacrificing work authored by Diane Williams for work edited by Diane Williams? DIANE WILLIAMS: No. It’s the other way around. A life entirely devoted to […]

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