Thursday, July 16th, 2009
I woke up on the West Coast to a triple shot of great coverage and kind words from three different sources. For those among our crowd who track such meta-SMITH things, here’s the highlight reel.
SMITH Magazine is FlavorWire’s (the daily blog of the cultural curatoring mavens Flavorpill), Daily Dose Pick for July 16. Eli Dvorkin writes: “SMITH’s story projects provide revealing glimpses into the lives of others.”
Meanwhile, the industry-loved book blog, Covers, has high praise for our first six-word memoir book cover, designed by Robin Bilardello: “The style reminds me of a cleaner, more refined version of these covers for John Hodgman’s books. …. I love when a designer can jumble and stagger a book’s title and have it still be readable. This cover does, however, leave me wanting for a series of books.”
On a completely different note, in an interview about his new book, Zeitoun, Dave Eggers sends a shout-out to Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge., which debuted as a webcomic on SMITH in 2007 and is about to be published as a full-length book by Pantheon. Both books include central characters who are Muslim—and stayed New Orleans after the levees broke almost four years ago. Eggers’ book recounts the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian immigrant turned New Orleans contractor and landlord. Neufeld’s story is a nonfiction graphic novel, which chronicles the journey of six people, including Abbas, an Iranian-born bodega owner whose store was ravaged by the flood (read a recent story on A.D. in The Wall Street Journal). Both are inspired additions to the Katrina story canon.
Finally—because I like to bury the lead—Kirkus reviews Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure, which comes out in September from HarperTeen. “All [the memoirs] leave readers wondering about the circumstances in the writers’ lives that led them to write those six particular words and what it says about the lives they plan to lead in the future. PostSecret readers will love this book, which is one to pass around and (unfortunately for libraries) mark up.”