24 October 2008

Ah, Palermo Soho

Once Again, More Random Stencils in Buenos Aires
Nothing Like a Perfect Mate in the Afternoon To Keep Your Shit Straight
I Like Palm Trees: They Help Me Remember Where I Am in Relation to the Equator
View from Where Erika and I Were Sipping Our Mate at Plaza Palermo Viejo
A Door in Palermo Hollywood
Anna E, Jon H. + Michelle K. in Three Separate Worlds
The World Through Water Glasses
Fred, Anne L. + François
Dinner at Lelé de Troya
The Stairs Leading to the Bathrooms + Nice Aerial Views
Like This One
I Love This: It Looks Like Anna E. Is Pouding Her Wine While Jon H. Is Hearing Voices Again
Erika and Anne L.
Me + Anne L.
Reciprocal Image
Reciprocal Image 2
Atardecer en el Parque
Notice the Clouds Reflected in the Window
Just Another Bar in Palermo Soho
Vidriera Mediante Mostacillas de Color
Café on El Salvador Where We Drank Submarinos and Watched Hipsters Working Overtime to Out-hip One Another
Erika, Radiant and Adorable at Café Violetas (Technically, in Almagro but Close Enough)
You Can See Practically See the Hamster Wheel Rolling Inside Her Head
El Bar Sacramento
There is Where Cars Come to Meditate

22 October 2008

First Contact with TC Boyle

I could pretty much drool all over myself at the prospect of studying with TC Boyle (not to mention Aimee Bender) at USC, but I wanted to know whether I'd actually be able to actually study with him if I got in so I sent him a quick email yesterday that went like this:

Dear TC Boyle,

Hi + greetings. I'm kinda amazed they actually list your email address in the USC website. Pleasantly surprised. Anyway, I have one question for you: I'm in the process of applying to USC's Ph.D in creative writing program, but I wanted to know whether I'd actually be able to work with you (in some capacity) assuming I was accepted? I know you're a busy man and a prodigious writer so I don't have delusions. But it would be nice to know ahead of time what I might be potentially diving into: are you and the other USC fiction rockstars available, and willing, to interact with the doctoral students assuming they don't annoy the shit out of you, or you guys way too busy for that kind of thing?

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I think "After the Plague" is fantastic, by the way. I'd like to see more literary fiction writers embrace futuristic landscapes like that.

Peace, Blessings,

--Jackson Bliss

And goddamit, he responded in less than 24 hours:

Dear Jackson:
That's a resounding yes. I teach the fall workshop each year so that incoming students, if they're so inclined, can begin with my class. And we work closely together. You've also got Marianne Wiggins, Aimee Bender and Percival Everett to work with subsequently. Not too shabby, I'd say.

I don't know what I find cooler, getting my first email from TC Boyle, or knowing that if I manage to get into USC program, I'd be able to work with the man who practically redefined the contemporary short story.