Amazing review for Elysium
Elysium, the debut novel by Jennifer Marie Brissett, has been getting a lot of buzz and some very positive reviews, including this one from Paul Di Filippo at Locus magazine.
Here’s a taste.
If Carol Emshwiller—oblique and delicate—had collaborated with Samuel Delany—straightforward and blunt—then the result might resemble Jennifer Brissett’s impressive debut novel, Elysium, a kind of fantasia on identity and character, what is superficial and what is central to both.... Narrative progress occurs, in spiraling, convoluted steps, drawing us deeper into this shattered universe, until we reach what seems to be the foundational stratum....
Not to spoil Brissett’s secrets, but we eventually discover that Earth has undergone a cataclysm, and that Adrian played a central role in fighting off the apocalypse. As a result of the measures taken, he has been trapped in this whirlwind of identity changes. Is there a possible end, or must he cycle continuously?
Brissett handles this not uncommon SF trope as if it were freshly minted.
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Coming in 2016: THOREAU’S WILDFLOWERS, illustrated by Barry Moser!
I am delighted to report that I have just signed a contract with Yale University Press to publish my next book, Thoreau’s Wildflowers! The book is scheduled to appear in the spring of 2016.
Thoreau’s Wildflowers is a selection of observations from Thoreau’s Journal between 1850 and 1861, arranged by the day of the year. The text is illustrated with more than 200 long-unavailable black and white drawings by Barry Moser, first published in the 1979 book Flowering Plants of Massachusetts. I am very grateful to Mr. Moser for allowing me to reprint this beautiful work.
Thoreau’s Wildflowers also includes an introduction by myself, and Ray Angelo‘s classic essay ”Thoreau as Botanist.”
For a taste of what you’ll find in the book, follow me on Twitter at @ThoreausFlowers.
A page from Thoreau’s Journal
This is a page from Thoreau’s Journal, scanned from a copy of the original volume held at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. It startles me a bit to see the sketch of a familiar object like an acorn embedded in text that looks all but incomprehensible.
It’s a testament to the quality of the Journal that Bradford Torrey and Francis Allen were willing to decipher all two million words of it, then edit it for publication in the 1906 edition.
Today a team of editors at Princeton are revisiting the Journal for an annotated scholarly edition that has already taken longer to produce than the 24 years Thoreau spent writing it in the first place. Volume 1 appeared in 1981, Volume 8 is the most recent, and there is still a long way to go.
DeVito/Verdi hits one out of the park
A friend and marketing veteran who works for DeVito/Verdi let me know about an ad campaign for Suffolk University that caught the attention of the Boston Globe.
In one ad, the Boston school portrays itself as “a university whose students have their nose to the grindstone instead of stuck up in the air.” Another describes Suffolk as a school for students who “rely on their will to succeed, not their father’s will.”
The edgy new campaign that brands Suffolk as a school for the common student will be launched Friday with ads in print, radio, television, online, and inside MBTA trains. It is the first university-wide marketing effort at Suffolk in eight years.
There’s no substitute for knowing your client, knowing your audience, and crafting a message that’s just for them. And it doesn’t hurt when you can tweak the Ivy League at the same time.
For more on the campaign, visit Suffolk University.
June on the High Line
Late yesterday afternoon, I took my first walk on the High Line in months. Flowers in profusion, including the glowing spires of the foxtail lily.