From Our Staff | January 04, 2013

Following the runaway success of Michael’s post detailing the top 10 TMR posts of 2012, we’ve decided to give you a look at what we predict will be the ten most popular blog posts of 2013. While Michael used something called “Google Analytics” we are depending on foresight, intuition, and guesswork.

good predictor of things

1. An interview with William Faulkner: 

Our doughty intern, K, will track down the elusive (and possibly deceased) Nobel laureate in his home of Yoknapatawpha county to get some illumination into the direction of American literature in the 21st century. From the interview:

“What? No. I don’t know what Benji is saying either. Something about a golf ball? Commentary on the Tiger Woods scandal?”

2. The 2013 Editor’s Prize: 

In which we give you plentiful details on how/ why/ where/ when you should enter the next installment of the TMR Editor’s Prize.

“$5000. $5000. $5000.” 

3. The Death of Literature: 

As per official requirement of the CLMP’s constitution and by-laws, we will publish one blog post bemoaning the fact that nobody reads anymore, nobody respects literature anymore, and being a writer of any stripe is so goddamned difficult we might as well give up. This will most probably appear sometime around March-April, depending on how cold the rest of winter is. Our guess is that we will quote Eliot complaining about lilacs in this article.

“Because no one wants to read my writing, it logically follows that no one reads anything. Ever.” 

4. Literature Lives

In which we discuss how everybody reads all the time because, hey now, you’re reading this, and aren’t we all on our computers constantly? Admittedly no one will ever confuse Politico with Shakespeare, but look at the return of long-form journalism, the plethora of online outlets discussing literature, the democratization of high art, and the various cats-doing-cute-things websites designed to stave off Writer’s Block. Clearly, literature has never been stronger.

“What sort of a name is Barthes anyway?

5. Our Literary Crush 

Zadie Smith. Now and forever.

6. Favorite Overrated Writer/ Punching Bag

You weren't expecting anyone else, were you?


7. The 2013 Audio Contest

This is still a thing you can enter because the due date is only March 15th, 2013. The entry fee is at your discretion. Remember all the brilliant things co-Contest Editors Claire McQuerry and Mike Petrik said? They are in charge of this too. So it must be good. Plus, money.

“$1000. It’s still a lot of money, so quit complaining.” 

8. A Book Everyone Likes But We Hate

Following the shocking admission that there are people in the world who don’t like The Princess Bride, we are going to do one annually contradictory and inflammatory post. We will most probably choose The Sound and the Fury for this, since Faulkner was so mean to doughty intern, K, but are open to all suggestions in our comments box that are (a) reasonably moderate-tempered, (b) not inviting us to a cheap 3-day beach weekend in Thailand, and (c) not something about a webcam.


9. A recap of our experiences at AWP

Again, as mandated by CLMP, we will compose roughly 1000 words on how much fun we had at AWP. We will talk about all the old friends we met and the new friends we made. We will not mention anything about that old Pulitzer-winning poet who keeled over drunk at the hotel bar (you know, that one).

“Reinvigorating. Special. Bitterly cold in Boston during the 10-month winter there. Warmed by high-quality literature and free copies of journals at the bookfair.”

10. Something very sincere that will make us feel bad about being cynical

Someone will write a very wonderful blog post sometime during the year (our guess is August) in which they remind us of why we took up this profession in the first place. They will point out how great small magazines, the CLMP, and AWP are. They will say something about wealth being found outside of meager stipends. They will convince us that the NEA’s grant applications are nonsensical for a reason and we should give it the benefit of the doubt. It’s possible they will force us to look deep into our hardened, blackened souls and admit that working for a wonderful literary magazine is pretty much better than what 7.3 billion other people get to do when they wake up every morning. We will probably punch this person in the snoot.

Happy New Year!