Alas, a Blog

Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

Fabulist news: Readers’ Choice, chapbooks, flash fiction

By reader / March 23, 2024 / 0 Comments

Plenty happening over at The Fabulist. The rundown, in brief: We publish a new print chapbook each month. We’re calling the imprint Fabulist Editions. Check out our online bookstore, or subscribe via Patreon. The Legere Prizes are our first-ever Readers’ Choice awards. Two rounds of voting, 38 contenders, 11 finalists, and our first- through third-place […]

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The Fabulist 2022 award nominations

By reader / July 5, 2022 / 0 Comments

I’m glad to share with you that The Fabulist Magazine has been shortlisted for two Utopia Awards, and also has been nominated by the Pushcart Prize editorial board for inclusion in their 2022 “Best of the Small Presses” anthology. Cool beans! Check out the full announcement over at The Fab’s website.

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The Fabulist @ Lit Crawl 2021

By reader / September 21, 2021 / 0 Comments

I’m thrilled to share that The Fabulist is hosting a reading at Lit Crawl 2021 on Saturday, October 23, from 8-9p.m., at the storied Adobe Bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District. Our readers comprise a stellar lineup of Bay Area talent working with fantastical fiction, including Claire Light, Nick Mamatas and Annalee Newitz. Get the […]

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That damnable ‘Oxford’ comma

By reader / September 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

By the way, it’s a serial comma. Oxford is in England, didn’t you know? Ah, but the comma-tariat, they care not for such details. And so we are oppressed, all of us, by the “Oxford” comma’s obtrusive demands for conformity, by its habit of boorishly inserting itself into places where it’s not welcome — like […]

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Look at President Donald J. Trump playing “Baby Pinochet”

By reader / July 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

As of this writing, secret police are cruising the streets of at least one American city, hustling citizens engaged in First Amendment-protected acts of protest off the streets in unmarked cars, where they are detained without charges in federal buildings. Stated so plainly, is it really alarmist to accuse our president of playing at Pinochet? […]

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Press Club panel on ‘Big Tech’ and journalism

By reader / December 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Someone put me on a panel about Big Tech — Google and Facebook, mostly — and then someone else wrote an article about it. The event was at City College, and was staged by the Press Club of San Francisco. Check out the article here. It was a fun panel. Also starring the extremely astute […]

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